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Nisha 2020


For over twenty years I have been a social justice activist and leader. I have seen movement and organizations rise and fall. I take what I have learned and share it with other leaders, organizers and change makers.


As the CEO of Dream Corps, I fight to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity. Our programs Green For All, Dream Corps JUSTICE, and Dream Corps TECH fight for a a future with freedom and dignity for all.


I believe we all have a unique story to tell. I use the beauty and pain of my life and my work for keynotes, panels, media, etc. I provide part roadmap and part inspiration for audiences seeking change.


I cover politics of the day and strategy for movements. I push innovative solutions to large scale problems. You will often get a heavy dose of positivity and an occasional mention of my teenagers or my great dane.


Nisha Anand is the CEO of Dream.Org, a nonprofit organization that brings people together across racial, social and partisan lines to solve our toughest problems. She is the Political Director of Rebuild The Dream, an organization fighting for an economy that works for everyone. With her team of storytellers, organizers, and policy experts, Nisha works at the intersection of criminal justice reform, green economics, and tech equity to create a better future for all.


Previously, Nisha served as Chief of Staff to Van Jones, CNN commentator and NY Times Bestselling Author. A veteran fundraiser and consultant with decades of experience in nonprofit development and management, Nisha has also served as Director of Development for The Ruckus Society, a national direct action training organization, and for San Francisco Women Against Rape, the city’s rape crisis center. Nisha is a senior trainer and consultant with GIFT, the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. As a certified coach, Nisha is a pioneer in the field of “fundraising coaching”–providing a unique blend of coaching people through their issues around money.


In 1998, Nisha was arrested while passing out pro-democracy leaflets in the military dictatorship of Burma and was sentenced to five years in jail with 18 other international activists. Her arrest put her on the international stage, delivering speeches at numerous events and conferences and interviewing for TV, radio, and print. In 1999, she received her Masters Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the American University in Washington, D.C. Nisha plays soccer and is the mother of two teenagers and a great dane. 

My Story

"The humanity that connects us must be stronger than what has been created to divide us"

Nisha Anand



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