Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 35-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine in 1987 and published an award-winning print magazine from April 1987 to Dec 2017. Fully digital today, India Currents has the largest following among Indians in the United States. It is indexed by Lexis/Nexis and the Ethnic Watch database.
Vandana has won the Asian American Hero award from the County of Santa Clara and the Leadership in Business award from the California Legislature Assembly.
Vandana cares deeply about social justice and serves on the Friends of PACT Advisory Board.
Vandana is an ALF Fellow Class XXXIX of the American Leadership Forum.
Vandana is President Emeritus, Board of Directors of Narika. More by Vandana Kumar
Vijay Rajvaidya serves as the Managing Director of India Currents Inc. His 30 years of experience in the technology industry of the Silicon Valley have fueled the vision of growing India Currents into a global enterprise. He believes that Indian Americans bring a rich culture, civilizational history and high education to their new home. Even as they strive to be productive citizens in their new country, they maintain their cultural and ethnic identity. Vijay is dedicated to assisting his fellow Indian Americans achieve their goals.
In his free time, Vijay is a theater actor, a pilot, a mountaineer and a scuba diver. Vijay wants to help shape the Indian American youth into future leaders of the country. More by Vijay Rajvaidya
Jayashree Patil is deeply interested in Media, Marketing, and Social Media. Jayashree Patil currently works as a “Social Media Evangelist” at Digite Inc.
In 2006 she started a South Asian Magazine Nirvana Woman addressing Fashion, Lifestyle, and Issues facing South Asian women in America. As the CEO of the magazine, she worked with various media agencies in Los Angeles and New York. She has a deep interest in South Asian Media and is involved with a lot of South Asian organizations. She is a founding member of the India Community Center and was on its board for the first 12 years. She volunteers at Foundation for Excellence to improve its social media presence.
She would like to contribute to South Asian Media in the coming years and continue her philanthropic work.
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Sandy started her career covering China and Vietnam as an editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review in the mid-1960s. She became editor of Pacific News Service in 1974 and was a pioneer in developing youth media. In 1996, she founded New America Media, the first and largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations. Her work has received several awards, including a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” and the 2011 Polk Award for Career Achievement. In 1996, a film she co-produced, Breathing Lessons, won an Academy Award for best short documentary. She founded Ethnic Media Services in 2017 to continue her work amplifying and elevating the voices of ethnic media. More by Sandy Close
Jaya Padmanabhan is editor emeritus, contributing writer, and board member of India Currents.
She is a veteran journalist, essayist, and fiction writer with over 250 published articles and short stories. She has received 25 awards for journalism and 8 awards for fiction, most notably the San Francisco Press Club’s Overall Excellence Award three times and the Lorian Hemingway Award for short fiction.
Her columns and articles can be found in India Currents, PBS Next Avenue, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Standard, Forbes, The Bold Italic, and Elemental.
Find out more at http://jayapadmanabhan.com/ More by Jaya Padmanabhan