NYC Mayor appoints Indian-American to commission on gender equity

Sasha Neha Ahuja 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Sasha Neha Ahuja as Chief of Staff at Girls for Gender Equity and Chair of New York City’s Equal Employment Practices Commission.

Ahuja is among six new commissioners appointed to the Commission on Gender Equity (CGE). According to a City Hall press release, “the newly appointed commissioners will work with CGE and the current commissioners as partners and ambassadors for CGE's work and the broader gender equity efforts of the de Blasio administration.”

Established in June 2015, the CGE is tasked with supporting city agencies in dismantling institutional barriers for women, girls, transgender and gender non-binary New Yorkers.

“New York City’s mandate to promote gender equity – especially through a racial justice lens – could not be more urgent,” Ahuja said in a statement. “I am eager to use my role as a Commissioner on New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity to ensure that folks most directly impacted by systemic inequity in our city have a seat at the decision making table to influence policy that impacts their lives.”

According to her profile in the City Hall press release, Ahuja is a community organizer who has worked to lead advocacy efforts and campaigns rooted in racial and gender equity. S

he got her start in the movement for social justice almost 15 years ago at the New York Taxi Workers Alliance. She served as deputy director of the Policy Division at the New York City Council under former New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

She currently serves as Chief of Staff at Girls for Gender Equity, a Brooklyn-based organization that led the New York City Young Women's Initiative and has served as a hub for the movement to end gender-based violence, centering girls of color.

Ahuja is an adjunct instructor of Social Policy at several schools of social work across New York City. She holds a BA from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College and a MS in Social Work from Columbia University.

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