Our Team

Staff

Krittika Ghosh
Executive Director  

Krittika joins us from the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) in Toronto, Canada, where she worked as the Senior Coordinator of the Violence Against Women Program. She has extensive experience working on violence against women in the US and Canada for the past 18 years, particularly in developing innovative programming on prevention of gender based violence in immigrant communities. She has deep experience in community engagement, policy development and program management. In New York City, Krittika co-founded the Shakti Peer Group, a peer engagement model responding to gender based violence in South Asian communities. She has been recognized for her work by the City of New York, The Filipino Women’s Network, and was one of Mother Board Magazine’s “Person of the Year” in 2017 for her work in ending violence against women. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Simmons College, Boston, and with a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics & Political Science. In her free time, Krittika is exploring DC, one museum at a time, usually has her nose in a book and is the ultimate dictionary of all Bollywood gossip. She can be reached at krittika@dvrp.org and (202) 833-2232.

Aoi
Case Manager (Japanese Language)

Aoi has extensively traveled and resided in several countries due to her international work. Her worldwide experience has guided her to achievements in the realms of international relations and analytical skills. Aoi has experience working in multicultural environments, which is essential to understanding how to engage other cultures with a high level of flexibility and resiliency. Today, she focuses on domestic violence issues related to the Hague Convention on international child abduction issues. She can be reached at aoi@dvrp.org and (202) 833-2232, x101.

Bakht
Case Manager (Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu Languages)

Bakht is a licensed Social Worker, theater artist, and activist. At DVRP, she works as a Case Manager and Training Coordinator. Not only does she provide direct services to survivors, she also trains volunteers, advocates, interns and community organizations in Trauma-Informed practices, cultural humility, and intimate partner violence in the A/PI communities. With over 5 years of experience in the field, Bakht incorporates a trauma-informed, human rights perspective in supporting survivors of gender-based violence and in raising awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. She recently created a training and workshop on culturally-specific art-based therapy. Bakht practices mindfulness and cultural humility when providing direct services, trainings, and support to staff and clients. She can be reached at bakht@dvrp.org and (202) 833-2232, x101.

Elly
Case Manager (Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taishanese, and Wenzhounese Languages)

Elly has 10 years of experience providing business and social services to a wide spectrum of people. In addition to her financial and administrative roles managing family investments in Wu & Associates, LLC, her passion to help others is reflected in her roles of helping victims of domestic violence and caring for elders in Assisted Living facilities.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from West Chester University and two Associates Degrees in Business and Accounting with Honors from Delaware County Community College. Elly has written and speaking/listening fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin and listening fluency in Wenzhounese, Taishanese, and Shanghainese. She raised three third culture children that, as a family, have traveled more than 1 million flight miles to more than 30 different countries. She can be reached at elly@dvrp.org and (202) 833-2232, x106.

Kaylie
Case Manager (Vietnamese Language)

Kaylie received her B.A. from University of Maryland. Kaylie has a passion for helping people improve the way they communicate and relate with one another, in order to create more peaceful and productive communities. She has extensive experience in mediation, facilitation, program development and administration.

As the Survivor Services Program Senior Case Manager, Kaylie is responsible for providing both practical advocacy services and support to domestic violence survivors. She conducts intakes and assessments with potential survivors.  She also develops and implements emergency family plans that address housing options, recovery issues, children’s needs and short-term goals.

Prior to joining DVRP, Kaylie worked at Access Youth Inc., as a Program Coordinator. In that capacity, she has had the privilege of working with at-risk youths as a mentor and mediator by promoting alternatives to violence and conflict management skills in collaboration with various programs in the District of Columbia. Kaylie also worked as a Teacher with Asian American LEAD’s Elementary After-School Program. She is proficient in Vietnamese and loves doing anything that pushes her outside of her comfort zone. She can be reached at kaylie@dvrp.org and (202) 833-2232, x104.

Lauren Pires
Outreach and Training Program Coordinator

Lauren brings several years of international gender and women’s empowerment programming to DVRP. With a Masters degree from the London School of Economics in Gender & Policy, her professional expertise is in gender mainstreaming, training and communications. A third-culture kid, she has grown up and lived in 6 countries across 3 continents and values diversity, cultural sensitivity and most of all the chance to explore new places and cultures. She is excited to work on A/PI issues within the community and area she has always considered home. When not championing gender rights, Lauren is a great lover of board games, watching competitive cooking shows and working out. She can be reached at lauren@dvrp.org.


Board of Directors 

Sujan Sedhai, President
Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

Sujan Sedhai is the Programs and Development Manager for the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN). Her work focuses on increasing and diversifying women in top leadership positions influencing all aspects of public policy to change gender and power norms. She has been a member of DVRP’s Board since December 2017 and is a passionate feminist with over 10 years of experience working with under-served communities and immigrant populations including: creating and managing anti-bullying and STEM programs for Title I schools, developing summer outreach camps for immigrant communities, leading strategic planning for 1000+ volunteer service units, and designing and evaluating giving and grant funded programs. Born in Nepal, Sujan emigrated to Virginia at the age of 7. She is a proud first-generation college student with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Women’s Studies from Radford University. In her free time you can find Sujan dreaming about dumplings and watching British gardening shows.

Joya Banerjee, Secretary
Jhpiego and USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program

Joya Banerjee is a Senior Technical Advisor on Gender at Jhpiego, an international public health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. Her work focuses on strengthening health services for survivors of gender-based violence and transforming harmful gender norms that impede women’s access to reproductive health information and services. She has been a member of DVRP’s Board since May 2017 and is an active supporter of immigrant and women of color’s human rights. Joya is a passionate feminist with 14 years of experience in gender, gender-based violence, HIV, adolescent, and sexual reproductive health. She has worked across sectors as a program implementer, researcher, activist, grantmaker, fundraiser and non-profit founding director. She has field experience in 14 low and middle-income countries, particularly South Africa, India, Mozambique, Rwanda and Nigeria. Joya has a BA in Political Science and Human Rights from Barnard College of Columbia University, and a Master of Science in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is fluent in Spanish and Bengali, with basic working proficiency in French, Portuguese and Hindi.

Victoria Carrion, Treasurer

Katherine Shek, HR Chair
American Constitution Society

Katherine Shek is the director of digital strategy at the American Constitution Society. She plans and executes digital strategy to connect ACS content and messages with online users and mobilize engagement among ACS networks. Katherine is passionate about mobilizing people to action and was a journalist for more than 10 years covering public policy in federal, state and local governments. Katherine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism from George Mason University in Virginia. She enjoys running, watching horror movies and trying new food.

Kateleigh Clark

Kateleigh Hewins Clark is passionate about empowering people. Whether it’s in her role as a User Experience Strategist at a government consulting firm or it’s in her volunteer commitments as a board member for DVRP or as a digital communications consultant for her church, Kateleigh is committed to advocating for other people and their needs. Prior to her current position, she spent over 5 years working to combat sexual and gender-based violence at the Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC), working on Title IX issues in higher education, and at the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK). Kateleigh holds a Masters in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School where she studied spiritual resiliency and trauma as well as a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross.

Niyati Shah

Niyati is a Senior Gender Advisor and Team Leader in the Global Health Bureau at USAID in the Office of Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition and the Office of Infectious Diseases. She provides leadership, guidance, and input on gender and social inclusion considerations at headquarters and in overseas Missions, with implementing partners, and cooperating agencies. Prior to working at USAID, Niyati consulted on poverty reduction and financial inclusion at the World Bank. She has also developed, managed, and delivered leadership, implicit bias and gender-based violence training and workshops both domestically and internationally.

Niyati began working on gender equality and gender-based violence over 25 years ago; some of her accomplishments include establishing and managing a rape crisis center, developing inclusion and diversity curricula and trainings, and advocating for reproductive justice and access. She has worked globally in the areas of social inclusion, gender equality and trauma with a focus on Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Niyati also has a background in film and storytelling and has been a mind-body practitioner for over 20 years.

Karen Penkar 

Karen is dedicated to supporting survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence as well as creating a world free from violence against women and children. Prior to joining the DVRP board of directors in 2018, Karen severed as an advocate and board member at The Turning Point (Rape Crisis Center of Collin County) in Dallas, TX. She looks forward to serving the DMV’s Asian/Pacific Islander community in the years to come!

After graduating from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature, Karen traveled to India to edit academic research and train other editors in the finer points of language. Since returning to the US in 2007, she completed her master’s degree in finance from Georgetown University and now works as a mortgage operations analyst for CitiGroup, Inc., spending her days playing with databases, spreadsheets, process flows, and financial forecasts.

Kadhambari Sridhar
Kadhambari Sridhar is an international development consultant deeply passionate about women’s rights and empowerment. She started her career in 2012 working on access to reproductive health services in humanitarian and development settings for Ipas and the International Rescue Committee. Furthering her interest in development, she worked on monitoring USAID-funded projects globally. Kadhambari also has experience advocating for refugee rights through her work with UNHCR in Brazil and in resettlement in New York City. In 2016, she co-founded Nari Network, a digital space for women and partnered with the Women’s March in Washington to highlight South Asian voices in the community. Kadhambari has a Masters in Public Health and Bachelors in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University, New York. She resides in Alexandria, VA and enjoys walking her husky puppy in her free time.