ASAP Board Vice President Kavitha Sreeharsha is a Strategic Consultant, providing advisory services in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, with a focus on immigrant justice and immigration. Most recently, Kavitha served as the Senior Director, Immigrant Justice Philanthropy for the Emerson Collective. In this capacity, she designed a strategy that over eight years, made Emerson Collective one of the leading national funders in the immigrant justice ecosystem. Kavitha provided bespoke support to immigrant justice nonprofit organizations intended to build organizational capacity and strategy.
Prior to her work with the Emerson Collective, Kavitha served as a Program Officer at the Sobrato Family Foundation where she led investments of critical safety net and career pathways programs for low-income Silicon Valley residents.
Before her work in philanthropy, Kavitha spent over a decade working with non-profits on immigrant rights, as a direct services immigration attorney, through public policy advocacy and providing national technical assistance. She began her career representing immigrants and designing and overseeing a pro bono project. While in California and later working in Washington DC, Kavitha successfully drafted and advocated for state and federal legislation and administrative advocacy expanding protections for immigrant victims of crime.
Kavitha has also served as a national trainer on immigration issues related to crime victims working with law enforcement, judges, and attorneys to ensure immigrants were protected as they navigated these systems. At the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, Kavitha fought against the injustices experienced by immigrants in places like Maricopa County, AZ. She then co-founded the Global Freedom Center, where she developed tools and trainings while also authoring a book to assist individuals to better identify and access protections for trafficked and exploited undocumented workers.
Kavitha received her bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley and J.D. from U.C. Law San Francisco (formerly Hastings College of the Law). She is also the proud daughter of immigrants who instilled in her a strong value for justice and mother to a spirited daughter.