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Akil Vohra

Director of Policy, AAPI Data

Akil Vohra (he/him) serves as the Director of Policy for AAPI Data, focusing on federal and state strategies to ensure collection, analysis, publication, and utilization of data to advance understanding and support of AANHPI communities.

Before joining AAPI Data, Akil was the Executive Director of Asian American LEAD, and previously served at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) for 8 years. At WHIAAPI, Akil led the team that guided federal government policy on a range of substantive areas including data, education, civil rights, bullying and harassment, workforce diversity, religion, language access, and My Brother’s Keeper. Akil also served as the principal liaison to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and has developed strong partnerships with community-based organizations, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and trade associations to advance this work. Akil also served as counsel at Muslim Advocates where he created and developed the national Muslim Charities Work Campaign to advocate for reforms on the USA PATRIOT Act and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA).

In addition to his work at AAPIData, Akil serves on the board of the Montgomery County Progressive Asian American Network.

Akil holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine; and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Akil is also a Rothschild Fellow, and studied international human rights law at the University of Oxford. Akil is based in Washington, D.C.