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South Asians For America (SAFA) announced that it’s Co-chair Amit Jani will be joining the Joe Biden campaign as the National Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Director.
Jani has most recently served in the Administration of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and has served as the Director of AAPI Outreach for Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign, Bob Menendez for U.S. Senate, and the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
“It’s an honor to join a candidate in Vice President Joe Biden, with whom the Asian American Pacific Islander community can trust to represent and reflect the community’s values and principles,” said Jani.
He has also served as a Congressional Aide to Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr., Congresswoman Judy Chu and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), as well as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
“It is encouraging that campaigns like that of Vice President Joe Biden are making the Asian American Pacific Islander community a priority, given the community’s rapid growth and success in the United States,” said South Asians For America Co-chair Neha Dewan. “We are proud that Amit Jani will be representing the community at this level and know he will do a tremendous job at making sure the community is visible and it’s input is considered at the grassroots level nationally.”
Jani serves as the President of the New Jersey Leadership Program, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to engaging South Asian youth to government and politics. He is also a School Board Member for the Hudson County Schools of Technology in New Jersey, and serves on the boards of several national organizations, including South Asians For America, Act to Change and the New Leaders Council.
South Asians for America (SAFA) is a grassroots community organization with the mission of grassroots support and mobilization to elect South Asian candidates, activate South Asian networks to address current issues, and simultaneously vocalize community support to further causes impacting the South Asian community. It also seeks to organize community members and stakeholders to advocate on behalf of South Asian interests to key decision makers at the local, state and federal levels.