Lawyer and Policy Advocate
Shivana is a lawyer and policy advocate who believes in an intersectional approach to undoing oppression and unapologetically speaking truth to power.
She currently directs federal policy at the National Abortion Federation, the professional association of abortion providers. She previously served as Reproductive Justice Program Director at the National Asian Pacific American Womenâ€™s Forum for four years, where she drove the organization’s work to end abortion bans targeting Asian women, built the leadership of young feminists, and practiced direct action for immigration reform.
She is a co-founder of Jahajee Sisters, a grassroots organization based in New York City that works to liberate Indo-Caribbean women through dialogue, arts, leadership development, and grassroots organizing. She also sits on the board of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, a federation of organizations dedicated to challenging homophobia, racism and anti-immigrant bias.
Shivana’s other experience includes working with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, working with the anti-domestic violence organization Sakhi for South Asian Women, and co-chairing a chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice.
Shivana’s writing and commentary has been featured in The Hill, The American Prospect, Colorlines, the Nation,
and the Associated Press.
Originally from the Bronx, New York, Shivana now lives and works in Washington, DC. She holds a BA in Political Science from Fordham University and a JD from Emory University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in New York state, and simply cannot get enough of Beyonce.