Our Fellows
State House Fellowship Program 2011 Fellows
Anisha Gandhi  Hometown: Lincoln, Rhode Island

School/Major: Tufts University/B.A. in Psychology and Community Health |  Ethnicity: South Asian-American | Other Language(s): Hindi, Guajarti

What AAWPI means to me:  I grew up in a predominantly white state, Rhode Island. I had never had an Asian-American community, let alone an Asian-American community of strong women around me.  Not only did AAWPI and the fellowship program teach me how important it is to have these women around you, but it also provided me with a great community of peers and mentors who understand my struggles and experiences as an Asian American woman. This program is not just about learning about local politics, it is about creating a “girls' club” in the midst of the State House “white boys' club.” It is about educating Asian American women to go into politics and make a difference for their communities. It is about inspiring an Asian American identity and creating an activist mentality. That is exactly what this program has been about for me. 

What I'm doing now: Litigation Paralegal at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison LLP

Placement: State Representative Alice Wolf (D-Cambridge),
Chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs

Leading the movement
to engage and empower
Asian-American women
in politics and government