And they say you can't go home again. Udai Tambar, one of the most experienced and dynamic South Asian leaders in the nonprofit space, is returning to the organization where he began his NGO career. New York-based South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) has announced that Tambar is going to be the organization's next executive director (succeeding Annetta Seecharran and the organization's founder, Sayu Bhojwani).
SAJA has long been a supporter of SAYA, which, the press release describes as "the only organization in the nation that provides non-sectarian comprehensive youth development services to the South Asian American community." Translation: they do some amazing work with middle-, lower-middle-class and low-income and other South Asian kids in places like Queens and Brooklyn, far from the fancy Desi success stories on Wall Street, big corporations and the like.
Incidentally, he'd never mention it in his bio, but one of his more visible achievements has got to be the fact that he was responsible for coordinating the two-year community efforts that resulted in the Diwali parking holiday in New York City (which is now a permanent part of the official city calendar).
Mr. Tambar also served as the Policy Director for Newark Mayor-Elect Cory Booker's transition team and the Manager of Policy and Operations at the 9/11 United Service Group. His past experience in New York City government includes managing the City Council's New American Youth Initiative for Council Member Ken Fisher, working for the Deputy Chancellor of Management and Policy at the Board of Education and serving as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Workforce Development Division of the Department of Small Business Services.