• Full name
    Amita Swadhin

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    NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
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  • Current Position
    Current Position:
    Los Angeles Executive Director
  • Organization
    Peer Health Exchange

  • Bio

    Amita Swadhin is the Los Angeles Executive Director of Peer Health Exchange, a national nonprofit empowering teens to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college student volunteers to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education and in which a majority of teens come from low-income households. Prior to joining Peer Health Exchange in May 2012, Amita served as the Coordinator and a cast member of Secret Survivors, a theater project she conceived of in 2009 for the NYC-based off-off Broadway Ping Chong & Co. featuring survivors of child sexual abuse telling their stories. She has fifteen years of experience in nonprofits and public institutions, and has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member and Early College Liaison at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), Youth Power Project Coordinator at Make the Road NY, Senior Trainer at Global Kids, Faculty Member at Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and Program Assistant at Legal Momentum. Amita has also served as a consultant to a number of organizations, including the National Organization of Asians & Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV) and the Liberty Hill Foundation, and is a frequent public speaker at universities, conferences and community-based organizations on intersectionality, youth activism, and approaches to healing and ending violence that center queer and transgender youth of color. As a volunteer, she has served as Board Chair of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, co-host of Flip the Script, a weekly radio show on KPFK 90.7FM in Los Angeles, a member of the Peace Over Violence Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Advisory Council, and a founding member of South Asians for Justice. As an author, her essays have been published inDear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence (AK Press, 2014) and Queering Sexual Violence (Magnus Books, 2014).

    Amita received her Master of Public Administration with a specialization in Public Policy from NYU Wagner, where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.