Our Staff

The Jakara Movement is made of a large number of sevadars throughout the United States.  A number of our key staff have been honored for their work through a number of organizations, including UCLA's prestigious Chancellor's Service Award and two members have earned SALDEF's Youth Leadership Award.  These and the vast majority of unnamed volunteers are committed in seva for the Sikh community. 


Naindeep Singh - Executive Director


Formed and raised in the Central Valley, Naindeep's commitment and passion to social, racial, and class justice has helped shape his view of the world.  Educated at UCLA and Johns Hopkins University, he has received numerous awards for his academic, scholarly, and research interests.  He was one of the founders of the Jakara Movement, as well as numerous community initiatives including a popular Sikh progressive blog, The Langar Hall.  If you’d like to get in touch with Naindeep, feel free to reach him at deep@jakara.org.

Ramandeep Kaur - Greater Bay Area Community Organizer

ycd.pngBorn in Punjab and raised in California, Ramandeep Kaur is a Californian to the core, having also graduated from UCLA.
Though Los Angeles has her heart, the Bay Area is where she now calls home - when she isn’t traveling to new places around the world. Over the last 8 years, Ramandeep has actively engaged the Sikh Sangat (community) in Southern California through the UCLA community, the local Gurdwaras, and local Jakara Movement programs in LA and beyond. She turned this love for community into a career as Ramandeep now dedicates her full time to the Jakara Movement as the Bay Area Community Organizer. In just a little over a year, Ramandeep has engaged the Sikh community inter-generationally, from regular seva (community service) projects, to inspiring young high school Sikhs to embrace and elevate their Sikh identity and presence. Get in touch with Ramandeep at ramandeep@jakara.org.

Palvinder Kaur - Director of Development & Programs 

palvPalvinder Kaur was born and raised in Yuba City and left her hometown for college to attend UCLA. She served as the first Community Organizer for the Jakara Movement from 2013-2015, working throughout Northern California. She went on to attend the University of Texas Health Science Center to obtain a Masters in Public Health. In her role as a volunteer, staff member and now Director of Development & Programs she has founded and established a number of programs for Punjabi-American youth. She has worked with volunteers to establish mentorship and service programs for high school and college youth and is actively committed to addressing the local needs of the community. She lives in Natomas and is passionate about Sikh youth development, health, and building community power. Palvinder has been appointed in Sacramento to the Maternal Child Health & Adolescent Advisory Board, the Adult & Aging Commission & the Sacramento County Language Access Advisory Committee (LAAC). You will often find Palvinder taking pictures of landscapes and scenery and philosophizing on our purpose in life. Get in touch with Palvinder at palvinder@jakara.org

Kamaljit Kaur - Greater Fresno County Community Organizer 

kamalKamaljit Kaur was born and raised in Fresno.  She attended Central East High School and graduated with Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Fresno State.  She first got involved with Jakara by facilitating Jakara Juniors in 2008 and has been a volunteer ever since.  She officially started her role with Jakara Movement in September of 2016, before that she was on the Fresno Misl Council leading many events and activities in the region.  She is passionate about the youth she works with and for, ensuring their success and pushing them to their greatness.  She is passionate about women's issues in empowering the young women she works with to pursue their goals.  Kamal is a lover of classical Punjabi music, traveling, and is a wannabe food/coffee snob.  If you're interested in getting a good cup of coffee or a meal with her, get in touch with Kamaljit at kamaljit@jakara.org.

Simranjit (Sim) Singh - Paaras Youth Center Director, Fresno


Sim is a Fresno local, who grew up in a small town nearby called Kerman. His involvement with Jakara began very early when he was
 a sophomore in high school. He attended some Jakara Juniors camps and took a liking to Jakara, eventually he became more and more involved and now wishes to help Jakara expand and inspire the next generation. Sim enjoys spending time with his friends and family, working on the family farm, golfing, having a good laugh, but most importantly he finds no greater joy than helping others. Currently Sim is pursuing a bachelors in Mathematics, hoping to one day become an educator. His goal in life is to help his community thrive. Get in touch with Sim at sim@jakara.org.

Manpreet Kaur - Greater Bakersfield Community Organizer


Made in Bakersfield, Manpreet carries her Central Valley roots with great pride and affection. She is a proud alumna of the Bakersfield public schools, and completed her undergraduate career at UC San Diego. Manpreet began the Bakersfield Jakara Movement chapter, mobilizing the Sikh Punjabi community throughout the South Central Valley. Inspired by the tradition of social justice set by those before us, Manpreet seeks to emulate a commitment to advocacy, activism, and organizing, in building the legacy of the Sikh Punjabi community of California. If you'd like to debate the gender gap in hip hop and R&B, or you enjoy ਗੁੜ, get in touch with Manpreet at manpreet@jakara.org.

Harjit Singh - Greater Sacramento and Yuba City Community Organizer

Harjit was raised in Yuba City. He has seen the annual Nagar Kirtan grow from ten thousand to a gathering of over 100,000 Sikhs. Growing up in this environment, Harjit knew the Sikh community was big but didn’t know his place in it. While studying astrophysics and geophysics at UC Berkeley, Harjit began to get involved in Jakara Movement.

harjit_headshot.jpegHe engaged in Sikhi-inspired social justice work through Jakara and SSA and he took part in a congressional internship in Washington D.C. through SALDEF. These experiences led Harjit to teach high school physics in Brooklyn, New York. There, he learned the power of youth work and youth organizing so he decided to move back to Yuba City to help his home community. Get in touch with Harjit at harjit@jakara.org.

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