In 2020, AIF quickly pivoted to address the critical situation in India and the United States. In India, AIF leveraged its programs’ infrastructure on health, education, and livelihoods via its wide network to address the needs of the nation with ventilators, PPE, and other interventions in order to save the lives of vulnerable Indians from COVID-19. Read the report here.

In 2021, India recorded the world’s highest daily tally of 314,835 COVID-19 infections on April 22nd, as this second wave sent many more into a fragile health care system, critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. Working with our partners, hospitals, and governments, AIF has launched a three-pronged Phase 2 Emergency Response Strategy to address this crisis. Here is an overview.

The American India Foundation is committed to improving the lives of India’s underprivileged, with a special focus on women, children, and youth. AIF does this through high impact interventions in education, health, and livelihoods, because poverty is multidimensional. AIF’s unique value proposition is its broad engagement between communities, civil society, and expertise, thereby building a lasting bridge between the United States and India. With offices in New York and California, twelve chapters across the U.S., and India operations headquartered in Delhi NCR, AIF has impacted 6.7 million lives across 26 states of India.

Anee Brar

Anee Brar

Anee has spent most of her career working on innovative pathways out of poverty at the local, state, national and international levels. Collaborating with industry leaders, government, and the private sector, she has a proven track record of leading innovative and high impact economic, social, and educational programs that create lasting systemic social change.

One of her career highlights was leading the implementation of the City and County of San Francisco’s universal college savings program for public school students. The nationally recognized program was a finalist in Harvard’s Innovations in American Government Awards in 2015.

Earlier in her career, Anee spent time at the World Bank in Washington, DC, and managed a microloan fund for low-income entrepreneurs in Seattle. Working at the State of Washington, Anee oversaw a multi-million dollar grant program to expand economic opportunities and financial access to those outside the financial mainstream.

Anee holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s in international development from UCLA.

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