Executive Board

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Meet the Board

Introducing your 2017-2018 YJA Executive Board! They all come from different cities, regions, and walks of life, but share a passion for serving the Jain community. Through local events, national projects, and social impact, every member on this board is ready to make this year's YJA the most successful yet! Check out their bios and video to meet them!

Lots of #yjalove,
Your 2017-18 YJA Executive Board

Dharmi Shah

Co-Chair

Dharmi Shah is a third year pharmacy student of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. When she is not learning the actions of medications, you will see her playing the piano, being a foodie, practicing yoga, jamming out to music, and lounging in different coffee shops. After serving as the Director of Events for the 2016-2017 YJA Board, she is thrilled to come back as a Co-Chair and would love to hear from you at chairs@yja.org with any questions or suggestions.

Siddharth Shah

Co-Chair

A Houston native, Siddharth Shah is a double honors sophomore Chemical Engineering major at Texas A&M University. He is an active tennis player and is also part of the Wreckin’ Raas Team. Siddharth loves just about any sport, ranging from basketball to bowling to chess (yes, it is a sport). In his free time, Sidd can be found studying for JAB, playing ping pong, or eating extra dark chocolate. After serving as the South Regional Coordinator for the 2016-2017 YJA Board, he is very excited to start the new year as a Co-Chair and would love to hear from you at chairs@yja.org with any questions or suggestions! Thanks and Gig’Em!

Saejal Chatter

Director of Project Development

Saejal Chatter is a published author, cybersecurity enthusiast, and Boston sports fan. She is a member of the Georgetown University Class of 2017 where she studied Economics and Theology. Along with a love for writing, she is passionate about anything and everything involving spending time with friends and family. Returning for her third term on the Executive Board, she hopes to sustainably increase YJA engagement. Email Saejal at projects@yja.org if you have innovative ideas for new projects or suggestions for improving current projects.

Parshva Vakharia

Director of Education

Parshva Vakharia is a student at the New York University Stern School of Business studying Finance and Accounting. After spending his entire life in the NY/NJ area, Parshva is currently studying abroad for one semester in London. Parshva has a wide range of interests, including tabla, singing, Chinese yo-yo, traveling, and basketball, and he is a diehard Boston Celtics fan. Parshva is extremely excited to continue YJA’s education initiatives this year and expand its efforts even further. For any feedback, suggestions, ideas, or thought-provoking questions, feel free to contact him at education@yja.org

Anand Shah

Director of Events

After having been an LR, a JAB captain, and a Regional Coordinator, Anand Shah will be serving as this year’s Director of Events. Anand is currently a first-year at The University of Chicago, where is he is majoring in Mathematics and Economics. He loves exploring music (everything from Beethoven to pre-prison Gucci is fair game), making late night Taco Bell runs (sub beans, please), and making new friends! So, if you think you've stumbled over a wild mixtape or have brilliant suggestions on planning the next YJA initiative, please feel free to email Anand at events@yja.org— he can't wait to hear from you all!

Sidhant Gandhi

Director of Finance

Sidhant Gandhi resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently Product Manager at a virtual reality / augmented reality startup. Previously, he was a software engineer on iOS at Apple. His alma mater is USC (Fight on! ✌️). Sidhant's interests are photography, code, and kaizen. Talk to Sidhant about Jain philosophy, specifically Karmic Theory, and you'll have a great conversation. Check out more of him at sidhantgandhi.com. Feel free to contact him at finance@yja.org with any questions or concerns.

Monika Jain

Director of Fundraising

Monika Jain is a senior at Rice University studying Kinesiology-Health Sciences with a minor in Medical Humanities. While being an active member of her local Jain community in Memphis, TN and a local representative for the YJA South Region, Monika is excited to be an official YJA executive board member! In her free time, she enjoys watching food videos, cooking/baking, traveling, and tagging people in memes. Monika looks forward to connecting with young Jains throughout the U.S. and internationally to build strong relationships within the community. If you have any questions, comments, or want to know how to get more involved with YJA, feel free to email Monika at fundraising@yja.org.

Anish Doshi

Director of IT

Anish Doshi is currently a software engineer at an analytics startup, Trifacta. Originally hailing from Illinois, he moved to the bay area to go to UC Berkeley, and after graduation moved to SF. He's been involved with Jainism since a young age through JSMC events and JAB, and is particularly interested in applying its philosophy to problems in current events. Outside of engineering and Jainism, Anish enjoys hiking, playing chess, and eating vegan baked goods (which he encourages you to send to him). If you have any questions, feel free to email Anish at web@yja.org.

Rachna Shah

Director of Publications

Rachna Shah is a freshman at Dartmouth College, where she plans to pursue her interests in economics, biology, and public policy. A Chicagoan at heart, she's looking forward to living in the woods for a while. As Director of Publications, Rachna is passionate about writing, animal rights, viewpoint diversity, international politics, and Japanese tea culture. When she's not writing, she can be found munching on almonds while listening to the news in French. She strongly believes that words are a platform for unity and diversity. Rachna loves talking with new people and old friends alike, so if you want to talk about anything, contribute to Young Minds, or have any questions, please reach out to her at publications@yja.org

Sehal Shah

Director of Public Relations

Sehal Shah is a second year undergraduate student at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Having grown up in a small town in Southern Indiana, she was excited to attend her first YJA Convention in 2012 at Tampa. Five years later, she can't wait to spread #YJAPyaR as the Director of Public Relations. Sehal enjoys exploring the world, taking photos of food, Netflixing, and dancing! Share her your tweets, posts, and messages on all of our social media accounts. Feel free to contact her at pr@yja.org.

Mansi Shah

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator

Mansi Shah is a Jersey native studying Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University. She loves playing pick-up football games, eating homemade ice cream, and listening to podcasts in NJ traffic. She also enjoys having conversations on social justice issues, especially gender equality and incarceration. Mansi served as a Local Representative this past year and is looking forward to exciting new events as RC! Feel free to reach out with any ideas for the upcoming year at midatlantic@yja.org.

Charmi Shah

Mid-West Regional Coordinator

Charmi Shah is a freshman at the University of Louisville majoring in Public Health and minoring in Spanish, with the goal of eventually completing medical school. When she's not studying, Charmi loves trying new foods, traveling, and binge-watching Netflix shows. After serving as a Local Representative for YJA for 2 years, Charmi is super excited to spread the #yjalove and do her part in keeping the MidWest the MidBest. Email her at midwest@yja.org if you have any ideas, questions, or concerns.

Aastha Kodia

Norheast Regional Coordinator

Aastha Kodia grew up in Westford, MA and recently graduated from Umass Lowell in 2016 with a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in MIS and Finance. She is currently working in Fidelity Investments as a Systems Analyst. She likes to hike, try new and crazy foods, and loves doing adventurous activities. This is her first time on the YJA Executive board. She is excited to help grow YJA and make it even cooler and greater experience in the Northeast Region! Email her at northeast@yja.org if you have any ideas, questions or concerns.

Prapti Ghiya

South Regional Coordinator

A born and raised Texan, Prapti Ghiya is studying at the University of Texas at Austin as a third year Mechanical Engineering student. Currently, she is doing a co-op at a medical device company in Austin. In addition to school and work, Prapti is a passionate dancer; she is trained in classical dance and has been on Texas Raas for two years. She is looking forward to serving as South RC and is excited for what this year will bring! Email her at south@yja.org if you have any questions, comments, or concerns - Hook ‘em Horns!

Rishab Jain

Southeast Regional Coordinator

Rishab Jain is a first year Material Sciences/Engineering major at Georgia Tech. He grew up in Memphis, TN and is an avid sports fanatic, political watchdog, and major Model UN nerd. In his free time, he likes to play frisbee, listen to music (ranging from Bruno Mars to Childish Gambino) and support the New England Patriots. Rishab is most excited to meet members of the Jain community and to have a great time in all things YJA. Feel free to email Rishab at southeast@yja.org or tweet him @rishjain123!

Pranay Patni

West Regional Coordinator

Pranay Patni grew up in Milpitas, CA and is now a student at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science and Economics. In his free time, you'll find him binge watching Netflix, playing FIFA, or profusely texting and messaging people on Facebook. At Berkeley, Pranay is an active member of the Jain Students Association and is also the captain of a Bollywood-Fusion dance team. He can't wait to get to meet you and looks forward to having a great year as the West RC so feel free to email him at west@yja.org!