Vandana Kumar

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 36-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 has served on the Friends of PACT Advisory Board and is President Emeritus, Board of Directors of Narika. Vandana is an ALF Fellow Class XXXIX of the American Leadership Forum. More by Vandana Kumar

Vijay Rajvaidya

Vijay Rajvaidya is a veteran of the high-tech and Information Technology industry of Silicon Valley. Vijay has an MBA in Finance from Santa Clara University and multiple degrees in engineering. He has 30 years of experience in global marketing and sales.

As a member of the Rotary Club of Evergreen Valley, he is involved in educating the community about Climate Change and health and wellness in the shadow of the pandemic. Passionate about India’s rich culture, heritage and civilizational history, Vijay is dedicated to sharing this with fellow Americans.

In his free time, Vijay is a theater actor, a pilot, a mountaineer, and a scuba diver. More by Vijay Rajvaidya

Jayashree patil

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. More by Jayashree patil

Sandy Close

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

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.

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