Senior Program Officer
Prachi Patankar joined the Brooklyn Community Foundation in December 2014 playing an instrumental role in implementing the Foundation’s core initiatives and grantmaking strategies. She brings a 15 years of experience in community organizing and development, education, grantmaking, arts and culture, and immigrant rights work. Most recently, she worked at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council managing grantmaking and at the Tenement Museum bringing contemporary immigration perspective into the Museum's historical immigration focus. She has a MA from New York University in International Education and Communications.
Prachi grew up in rural India, raised by a freedom-fighter grandmother and parents deeply involved in peasant social movements. In 2000, she established a school in rural India for children of people displaced by dams. For over a decade in New York City, she has been engaged in leading efforts against war, police brutality, and racism. She has worked with social justice nonprofits like WITNESS, CHHAYA, and DRUM and created popular-education trainings through organizations like the Palestine Education Project. Prachi currently serves as a Board member of CAAAV, Organizing Asian Communities, the NY Steering Committee of Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and works with South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), a New York–based collective she co-founded.