Jasjit Singh Dhanoa

Fellow, Expanding Access to Opportunity

Jasjit Singh Dhanoa is a top-performing social impact strategist and equity advocate with 15 years of broad work experience in strategic planning, movement building, community engagement, organizational transformation, education, and legal analysis. He is passionate about empowering historically and currently neglected communities to have equitable access to opportunities. Jasjit has a strong expertise in partnering with large organizations, leveraging existing networks, and proactively seeking out new collaborations. He is highly accomplished in consultative approach with an ability to build dynamic relationships that tackle challenging societal issues.

He is in the second year of his multicultural fellowship at the San Francisco Foundation, focusing on education equity, criminal justice, and youth development. Prior to this role, he worked at The Sikh Coalition where he published articles responding to hate crimes in the community. He was instrumental in creating policy change around religious articles of faith, which has since caused police departments across the United States to accept Sikh turbans as an acceptable part of their uniform.

Jasjit holds a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. He also holds an advocacy certificate, which provided specialized training in public speaking, financial training, and congressional advocacy.

He is a long-time volunteer with the Jakara Movement, a grass roots youth organization working to empower Punjabi and Sikh youth in the United States. During law school, he was employed by Ensaaf, a human rights organization documenting human rights abuses committed by the Indian government. While at Ensaaf, his transcription work on various films was recognized and the films received numerous awards including the “Best Human Rights Short Film Award” from Amnesty International.