What We Do

The New Jersey Leadership Program (NJLP) is a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting South Asian American youth participation and education at the local level of government in the State of New Jersey. NJLP and its fellowship program focuses on developing leadership, building public policy knowledge, and filling the pipeline for South Asian Americans to work in government or pursue public office at the local, state, and federal levels.

Fellowship Program

The New Jersey Leadership Program’s fellowship program offers South Asian youth the ability to engage in and learn about local government through a summer internship in the local Mayoral Office or City Agency. This internship is supplemented by a weekly speaker series, networking events, and career mentoring. Additionally, fellows are expected to complete a civic engagement project by the end of their fellowship that strives to make a positive social impact in their community. The fellowship program is currently open to high school and college students.

Who We Are

Amit Jani, Founder

Amit currently serves as a Congressional Aide for the U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey. In this capacity, he works to build community relations, plans programs important to residents in the district, and serves as a liaison for constituents and community stakeholders to federal, state, and local government agencies, and the private sector. He also serves as a County Director for the South Asian American Caucus within the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.

Prior to this role, he worked in a legislative capacity for Congresswoman Judy Chu in Washington, D.C. He also worked with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), working on issues including education, civil rights and South-Asian affairs. He has prior experience working for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), New Jersey State Legislature, and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ. Amit has also served as Committeeman for the Middlesex County Democratic Committee.

Given the lack of South-Asian American representation in government and politics, Amit was inspired to increase this presence to match the involvement of this community in other sectors, and in proportion to South Asian American presence in the United States. He was motivated to build a pipeline for South-Asian American youth to get involved in government and politics through programs he took part in during college, specifically the Washington Leadership Program (WLP), as well as the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) and the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) Youth Leadership Institute.

Amit is a native of Jersey City, where he currently resides. He is also an alumnus of Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and a proud Scarlet Knight.

OUR TEAM

New Jersey Leadership Program's Board of Directors
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Amit Jani

President
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Kristian Stout

First Vice President
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Amman Seehra

Second Vice President
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Henal Patel

General Counsel
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Hamzah Abushaban

Treasurer
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Vinay Limbachia

Director of Programming and Stakeholder Relations
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Bharati Ganesh

Recruitment and Membership Associate
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Julia Clay

Art Director
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