Purvi Shah inspires changes as a consultant on gender, racial, and economic equity. As an anti-violence advocate, trainer, grassroots researcher, and facilitator committed to opening space for transformation, she delights in movement-making, strategic action for change, and furthering equity in community.
While serving as Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a community-based anti-violence agency, she witnessed the profound impact of systems on immigrant survivors of violence. The disparity in access to justice for survivors led her to spearhead coalition-building towards local and national systems change on language access in the courts. This effort led to a new court rule on access to interpreters and a State workplan for language access. In 2008, she won the inaugural SONY South Asian Excellence Award for Social Service for her leadership fighting gender violence.
Her consulting practice includes:
• organizational development, strategic planning & impact evaluation towards equity & inclusion
• policy research, advocacy & campaign impact
• convenings coordination, training, field-building, and leadership development
• strategic communications, media advocacy, messaging & media production
• program innovation & execution
• non-profit governance including financial management & capacity building.
She currently organizes convenings on economic security and intimate violence; leads organizations in strategic planning; designs and facilitates trainings on implicit bias, cultural responsivity in the courts, and racial equity in schools; and researches and produces policy reports. In 2018, through a participatory change process, she completed a year-long study, Seeding Generations, which catalyzed a new NYC initiative on community-based interventions for people who cause harm and abuse.
She is an award-winning poet and her debut collection, Terrain Tracks, explores migration and belonging. Her second book of poetry, Miracle Marks, is forthcoming in June 2019. Her favorite art practice is her sparkly eyeshadow. Discover more @PurviPoets or http://purvipoets.net.