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Pres. Obama names NASABA Honoree to Commission

September 17, 2010

Sikh Coalition Accepts NASABA Public Interest Award

President Obama named three Indian-Americans, including Amardeep Singh, to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Amardeep Singh is the co-founder and presently the Director of Programs at the Sikh Coalition, the nation’s largest Sikh civil rights organization. The Sikh Coalition received NASABA’s 2010 Public Interest Award at the Boston Convention.

Prior to joining the Sikh Coalition in 2002, Mr. Singh worked as a Researcher in the U.S. Program of Human Rights Watch (HRW). While at HRW, he authored its report, “We Are Not the Enemy: Hate Crimes Against Arabs, Muslims, and Those Perceived to be Arab or Muslim after September 11.” Mr. Singh was also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race where he taught a course on the intersection of ethnic identity and the law. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of New York. Mr. Singh holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

President Obama also appointed Sunil Puri, President and sole owner of First Rockford Group, Inc., a real estate development firm, and Farooq Kathwari, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ethan Allen Interiors, to the Commission.

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