Meet our new Board Members: Afreen Alam and Anjali Thadani

Afreen Alam

Afreen Alam

Ms. Afreen Alam is a community leader who has been at the forefront of housing counseling and community development both on the ground and on the intermediary level. Most recently she was the Executive Director at Chhaya Community Development Corporation (Chhaya CDC), a HUD approved counseling agency since 2007. Previously she served as the Deputy Director at Chhaya, playing a pivotal role in its regeneration and working tirelessly to build a strong foundation on which the organization is currently thriving. Ms. Alam, a former NeighborWorks America certified Housing Counselor, helped the organization respond to the foreclosure crisis that impacted Queens homeowners more than any other borough of New York City.

Ms. Alam also served as the Director of Housing & Community Development at the Nation Urban League, one of nation’s oldest civil rights organizations, where she was responsible for overseeing housing and economic development programs at 40 local affiliates; and provided leadership on national housing policy advocacy. She also worked at UNAIDS and Harvard University advancing human rights and international community development.

A daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, Ms. Alam has been deeply committed to grassroots organizing in NYC’s immigrant communities. She has been involved with Worker’s Awaaz, South Asians Against Police Brutality & Racism, Turning Point for Women and Families, Shetu (formerly the Youth Congress of Bangladeshi Americans-YCBA) and Muslim Reform Movement, to name a few. She received her Master’s degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University. Ms. Alam is passionate about travel, respectful parenting (RIE), elder care/care giving, and all things COOP.

Why she joined India Home

The reason I joined is rooted in my fond memories of my grandmothers. I enjoy the company of the elders, their easy affection and love and am invariably moved by their life experiences. As my own mother is aging and closing in on retirement herself, the issues that India Home addresses hit home. With India Home, I aspire to create a life that I would like to have when I am a senior.

 

Anjali Thadani

Anjali Thadani

Anjali is a financial services professional with nearly two decades of experience spanning most aspects of regulatory capital and liquidity risk management.  She is an Indian born American with a soft spot in her heart for the young and the old.  Anjali holds an MBA from Columbia University and spends her spare time with her husband and their two young daughters.

Why she joined India Home

I have witnessed the reluctance of seniors to partake in non-culturally familiar activities and understand the unfortunate health consequences of social isolation. The aging Asian population is an underserved community and India Home has done so much for it while also welcoming non-Asians to its events and activities. I am honored to join forces with India Home and be part of the solution to improve the lives of Asian seniors.

New Board Members: Ali Najmi & Mukund Mehta

ali

Ali Najmi is an attorney in private practice focusing on criminal defense and personal injury. Politically active, Mr. Najmi,  has succeeded in increasing the political involvement of the South Asian community. Starting in 2010, he was Council Member David Weprin’s Legislative director for two years. In 2015 Mr. Najmi ran for City Council and was endorsed by the New York Times. Mr. Najmi has been an early supporter of India Home and continues to advocate for more resources for immigrant senior programs and issues.

Why he joined India Home:

“I joined the board of India Home because I have seen the organization provide important and crucial services to South Asian seniors. Our community is aging and there are not enough culturally sensitive and appropriate senior programs to serve them, except for India Home. I wanted to join the board so that I can help India Home succeed and expand the number of seniors that it serves.  This is our obligation to our older generation and we must make sure that our seniors age with dignity and respect.”

 

 

mukund-mehta

Mukund Mehta joined Caltex Oil Company in Bombay, India, in 1964 and joined the company’s headquarters New York in 1971. He has an MBA, CPA and JD from Fordham University and LLM from NYU, NY. Mr. Mehta is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Member of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Law Bars. He has been Moot Court Judge at NYU School of Law for last 20 years.

Mr. Mehta retired as a Senior Tax Attorney from Caltex’s parent company Chevron/Texaco in 2002. He now serves the South Asian community and advocates for senior causes as President of Indo-American Senior Citizens Center of New York, Inc. which is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.

Why he joined India Home:

“Most of the Indian Senior Citizen Centers in the USA cater to the needs and interests of a specific group of people sharing the same language, caste or religion, or belonging to a specific region of India. In contrast, India Home is a unique broad-based secular institution which cares for and promotes the interests of Indian and non-Indian seniors — this distinct feature attracted me to join India Home. ”