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.

Braden Lay-Michaels

Braden Lay-Michaels brings more than 25 years of professional experience navigating the corporate, political, and nonprofit fields. Before joining the American India Foundation, Braden most recently served as Chief Development Officer at The Trevor Project and as Chief External Relations Officer at NPR’s StoryCorps before that.

Braden began his career at the iconic Voyager Company and Criterion Collection followed by mission-focused work at organizations such as Refugees International, i-SAFE, GLAAD, GLSEN, and Los Angeles Universal Preschool. Braden is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and received his master’s degree from the California Institute of the Arts. In his career, he has raised over $450m for social justice, education, and arts organizations.

A native of Southern California, Braden has called New York City home since 1993. He is an avid writer and traveler with a lifelong interest in India and its people. He is thrilled to be joining the AIF family and excited to expand the needed resources to fulfill this organization’s vital mission.

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