Our Team

Staff 

Krittika Ghosh (she/her)
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 the 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.

Kaylie (she/her)
Survivor Services Program Manager & Senior Case Manager (Vietnamese Language)
Kaylie received her B.A. from the 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.

Elly (she/her)
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.

Aisha (she/her) 
Case Manager (South Asian Languages)
Aisha was an Immigration Paralegal and the Coordinator for Pro Bono Cases at a firm specializing in Business Immigration. Prior to this experience, she interned at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Arlington, VA through a Civic Fellowship where she gained insight into legal issues surrounding domestic violence. She also interned at KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights where she learned about the cultural interpretations of religious text and how patriarchy can be created fostering domestic violence. Aisha speaks Hindi and Urdu, and in her free time loves reading, going to book talks and spoken poetry events. She can be reached at aisha@dvrp.org and (202) 833-2233

Yumi (she/her)
Case Manager (Japanese Language) 

Yumi got her master’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work, and she has 13 years of social work experience in both Japan and the U.S. Before joining DVRP, she worked to help a variety of people from newborns to the geriatric population. She also has experience working with those from various cultural backgrounds at a hospital, in an independent living apartment for older people, and with immigrants in Maryland as a social work intern. She is also passionate about empowering the A/PI community for their inclusion in society. She is fluent in Japanese and enjoys new recipes and exploring nature in her free time. She can be reached at yumi@dvrp.org.

Anita (she/her) 
Office Manager  
Anita has been dedicating 25+ years of her professional life to serving in diverse types of businesses with the main focus on Small Business clients.  Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, her main subject work area has been Accounting, Finance, and Administrative. Helping others has been her passion with a special interest in social justice and equality. When she’s not busy caring for her family with 3 young adult children,  she likes to spend her time going on hikes, playing music,  cooking, doing DIY projects,s and creating art. She can be reached at  anita@dvrp.org .

Youmna (she/her)
Outreach and Training Program Manager
Youmna is a community organizer and graduate of the University of Maryland School of Public Health with extensive experience supporting youth and survivors of gender-based violence at the grassroots level within marginalized communities. Her background and experience have given her the unique perspective of understanding community needs, identifying the gaps within existing resources, and observing firsthand the direct impact of inequitable policy on the lives of folks she works with.

Youmna is rooted in the DMV community and has several years of experience in both direct case management, education and outreach on gender-based violence, and its intersections in her community. She was most recently a Victim Advocate at her local domestic violence and sexual assault services agency in Maryland. She has also organized in her own community in several capacities, including with youth and survivors in her local faith-based community and clinic. Currently, Youmna is an organizing fellow with the Justice for Muslim Collective Muslim Women’s Organizing Institute, where she is a member leader and is involved with a number of initiatives for the DMV community, including increasing civic engagement among Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities; providing rapid-response support to South Asian restaurant workers; and connecting the most impacted community members to COVID19 relief funding.

Youmna is eager to bring her unique lens and experience to continue building in this movement to support survivors in the A/PI and other marginalized communities, create survivor-centered programs and resources, and effect systemic change. She can be reached at youmna@dvrp.org.

Sofia (she/they)
Outreach and Training Coordinator

Sofia Kim joined DVRP from American University where she studied Film/Media Arts and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. As an artist and community member, they are interested in understanding trauma and healing through intergenerational stories and community. Sofia brings this passion to DVRP and hopes to continue creating more space to explore the intersection of the A/PI experience and power-based violence prevention in an empowering and meaningful way.  They can be reached at sofia@dvrp.org.

Avantika (she/they)
Outreach and Training Coordinator

Avantika is an immigrant artist, community organizer, and therapist in training. Prior to joining DVRP, Avantika provided training and technical assistance to anti-trafficking organizations, specifically around housing survivors in long-term safe housing. They have also provided case management to survivors of trafficking and sex workers in the D.C. area. Additionally, Avantika organizes for the release of aging prisoners across the US. Within the communities Avantika has been a part of, they realized the stark existence of harm and trauma that individuals and communities endure, and the need for healing – inter-generationally, communally, interpersonally, and personally. She brings this lens and passion with her to DVRP.

Avantika is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Columbia University. With their education, work, and lived experience, Avantika hopes to create welcoming and safe healing spaces with the utilization of art and other tools rooted in community. They can be reached at avantika@dvrp.org

Board of Directors 

Priya Dhanani (she/her) President, Chair of Board
Priya Dhanani is a women’s rights and social justice activist. She is currently the Senior Program Officer on the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality team at The Asia Foundation. She oversees the portfolio to address gender-based violence (GBV), including human trafficking, violence against women, girls, and LGBQTIA+ persons across the Foundation’s 18 country offices. Priya has overseen gender-related and GBV programming to strengthen trauma-informed services, increase access to justice, and advance the women, peace, and security agenda in the US, Asia, the Pacific, West Africa, and Central America.  She has also designed and facilitated numerous trainings in survivor-centered care and the neurobiology of trauma, including its impact on child development. She incorporates the theory of oppression, power, and violence to fundamentally address GBV and decolonize the field of development, and taught a related Sociology course at George Washington University. Priya enjoys solo backpacking and hiking.

Arjumand Butt (she/her) Treasurer, Finance Chair

Arjumand comes with 19 years of varied experience with Deloitte. She is a versatile and engaging team player, with a focus on monitoring activities, internal control improvements, curriculum development and delivery. Skilled at planning, analysis, reporting and implementing and overseeing key improvements to drive business growth and efficiency. She started her career in Canada in 2000, managing audit clients and developing and facilitating parts of the audit curriculum nationally.

Arjumand moved to the US in 2007 with Deloitte and focused her efforts on methodology, content development, as well as mindset to continuously improve audit quality across the network member firms. She led design, development and implementation of Deloitte’s global annual technical update to more than 10,000 Managers, Senior Managers and Partners across the globe; managing strategic alignment of learning, mindset and skill gap relating to internal controls to determine global response to drive consistent execution of audits; and most recently, as part of the Global Audit Quality Office, analyzing Deloitte member firms’ data and results of practice reviews, proposing improvements to the network’s quality efforts in order to achieve strategic objectives of the audit business. Arjumand has served on multiple Global committees within the Deloitte network to bring innovative solutions to problems, and collaborating with others to building a trusted relationship in the implementation of these solutions in an effort to enhance how audits are performed.

Arjumand holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Toronto, and became a CPA, CA in 2005.
Arjumand is a budding potter, enjoys music, going on long walks and getting busy within her community. She took a break from her professional career in 2019 to spend time with her family and pursue some of her passions.

Janice Lam (she/her)
Janice is a Program Specialist on the Counter-Trafficking in Persons Team at USAID. As a legal consultant to Anti-Slavery International, she authored a report and practitioner’s guide on compensation for survivors of human trafficking under UK law and advocated for legal reforms to provide greater protection to victims. She worked as a legal researcher for several Members of Parliament in the British House of Commons, writing reports, position papers, speeches, and press releases on issues of human trafficking and extraordinary rendition and drafting legislation to implement the UK’s Anti-Slavery Day. Her private sector experience includes working as a litigation associate for a large law firm in Chicago, where she represented a trafficking victim of forced labor and domestic servitude on a pro bono basis. Janice received a BA from Yale University and a JD from The George Washington University Law School.

Marguerita (Rita) Cheng (she/her)

Rita helps educate the public, policy makers, and media about the benefits of competent, ethical financial planning. As a Certified Financial Planner® professional and chief executive officer of financial advisory firm, Blue Ocean Global Wealth, Rita helps people meet their life goals through the proper management of financial resources. She is passionate about helping them navigate some of life’s most difficult issues—divorce, death, career changes, caring for aging relatives—so they can feel confident and in control of their finances. Rita is a regular columnist for Kiplinger and MarketWatch, and a past spokesperson for the AARP Financial Freedom Campaign. Rita volunteers her time as a SoleMate, or charity runner for Girls on the Run, raising money to win scholarships for girls. She is also a coach for 261Fearlessa global supportive social running network which empowers women to connect and take control of their lives through the freedom gained by running. 

Masooma Hussain (she/her)

Masooma is a bilingual staff attorney at Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) for the Rights In Systems Enforced Project (RISE). As a staff attorney, Masooma provides legal support and advocacy to victims of crime, with a strong focus on advocacy for victims of hate crimes and surviving family members of homicide victims.  Masooma comes to DVRP with experience in policy, having advocated for funding for early childhood programs such as universal pre-k and home-visitation – former campaigns of The Pew Charitable Trusts – and investigations, serving as the analyst-in-charge for investigations undertaken by the Office of the DC Auditor, including the evaluation of DC’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, Metropolitan Police Department’s Investigation of First Amendment Activities, and the District of Columbia Public Schools’ school meals program.  

Masooma most recently served as a judicial law clerk at D.C. Superior Court and, prior to her clerkship, as a pro bono attorney with Ayuda, a local organization that provides legal services to members of immigrant communities experiencing domestic violence. As a pro bono attorney for Ayuda, Masooma has represented clients seeking civil protection orders, divorce, and child custody.  

Masooma received her B.A. from New York University and J.D. from the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America.  In her free time, Masooma enjoys curling up with a good book and her doggo, hiking, brushing up on Urdu and practicing Spanish.  

Lakshmi Tummala (she/her)
Lakshmi Tummala is a cardiologist at Grady Memorial Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She has a particular interest in medical education as well as women in medicine. Lakshmi believes strongly in working to end gender-based violence and supporting survivors; she previously completed volunteer training at Apna Ghar in Chicago and has been on the executive board of DVRP since 2019. In her free time, Lakshmi enjoys reading, trivia, and kuchipudi (South Indian classical dance).

Rupa Ranga Puttagunta (she/her)
Judge Rupa Ranga Puttagunta has served on the Rental Housing Commission since January 2019. She graduated from The Ohio State Moritz College of Law in 2007 and from Vassar College in 2002. After graduating from law school, Judge Puttagunta clerked for the Honorable William M. Jackson, then-Presiding Judge of Family Court in D.C. Superior Court from 2008-2010 and for the Senior Judges at the D.C. Court of Appeals from 2010-2011. She then joined the firm of Delaney McKinney where she practiced family law. While working on domestic relations matters, Judge Puttagunta provided hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services by volunteering at D.C. Superior Court’s Family Court Self-Help Center and Attorney Negotiator Program, representing victims of domestic violence in D.C. Superior Court, and working on other pro-bono projects. She was also selected to serve on the D.C. Bar Foundation Young Lawyers Network Leadership Council. In 2013, Judge Puttagunta established her own legal practice, Ranga Law, and was appointed to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panels in D.C. Superior Court and the D.C. Court of Appeals. Until Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed her to the Commission, Judge Puttagunta represented indigent persons in criminal matters in trial and on appeal. Judge Puttagunta also served on the D.C. Superior Court’s CJA Panel Advisory Committee.

Nitasha Chaudhary Nagaraj (she/her)
Nitasha Chaudhary Nagaraj, DrPH, MPH, is a Research Scientist /Adjunct Faculty member at The George Washington University (GW) Milken Institute School of Public Health. Nitasha received a B.A. in Health Care Administration and Information Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1999. She also received a Masters in Public Health and Doctorate of Public Health from The George Washington University (GWU). It was at GWU that she realized her passion for working with communities to design, implement, and evaluate interventions and programs aimed at improving the development and well-being of girls and women. Her research focuses on the evaluation of domestic violence, youth development, family violence, girls’ empowerment, and gender sensitization programs in the U.S. and in India. She currently evaluates the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the Clinical and Translational Institute at Children’s National Hospital and GWU, and a gender-sensitization program in India and Nepal. Dr. Nagaraj teaches courses for the MPH@GW program and is the Faculty Practicum Co-Director for the MPH@GW program at Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Nagaraj is an Executive Board Member for the Global India Fund and DVRP.

Nirav Amin (he/him/his)

Nirav is Director of Product at Rocket Travel Inc, a Booking Holdings company.  He’s responsible for leading product strategy, business development,  and innovation on new verticals.  Prior to this, Nirav spent his time working for organizations such as Prcoter & Gamble, McDonalds, and US Foods, leading operations and integrations for various projects.  In his spare time, he volunteers with  organizations focusing on community entrepreneurship (Startup Weekend),   youth workforce development (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), and performing hospital bedside magic for kids (Open Heart Magic).  Nirav holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and loves to hike, bake, and golf.  

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