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Sangeeta Budhiraja

Sangeeta serves as the Program Officer for the Local Living Economies Initiative based in Kingston.

Sangeeta has been a passionate advocate for racial, gender, and economic justice for the past 20 years as a community activist, and specifically in feminist philanthropy for the past decade.  Prior to NoVo, Sangeeta was both the the Director of Programs and Director of Institutional Partnerships at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, where she led efforts to increase resources and forge partnerships to strengthen movements for LGBTQI justice globally. She was also the first Program Officer for Movement Building and Economic Justice at the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she built a portfolio of grantees working at the intersections of women’s and worker’s rights locally, nationally and particularly in the US South. She most enjoys creating and implementing strategies dedicated to centering the voices of communities directly impacted by systems of oppression, and to engaging a holistic vision of how change happens over time. 

Sangeeta earned her JD from CUNY School of Law, and has spoken on various panels and been a guest lecturer on human rights law and its practical application to gender and sexual rights, and has served on several boards, including the New World Foundation. She is most grateful for her first Women’s Studies class at Hamilton College for setting her on her path. In her spare time you can find her in her garden or kitchen, or in the midst of a DIY home project. She is a country girl at heart, and lives in Woodstock with her partner, their daughter, dog, cat and fish.

“We must use what we have to invent what we desire.” — Adrienne Rich