IMPACT Announces Aruna Miller as New Executive Director

WASHINGTON -- Today, the Indian American Impact Project and Impact Fund (collectively “IMPACT”) announced the appointment of former Maryland State Delegate and former 2018 Congressional candidate Aruna Miller as Executive Director.

“After conducting a national search, the Boards of IMPACT have selected Aruna Miller to serve as our Executive Director,” said Deepak Raj, co-founder of Impact and chair of the Impact Fund. “Aruna shares our passion for building political power in the Indian American community. With her leadership, will continue building IMPACT into an organization that will be extraordinarily helpful to future generations.”

“IMPACT is positioned to harness the energy, excitement, and success of a historic 2018 election cycle in which an unprecedented number of Indian Americans ran for office across the country. In the coming months, we look forward to recruiting and training candidates, broadening our reach and support, and shaping the 2020 political landscape,”

“As a former candidate and elected official who has campaigned, won votes, and served in office, Aruna is the ideal person to lead IMPACT. She has the perfect combination of skills and personal experience to take this organization to the next level,” said Raj Goyle, co-founder of Impact and a former member of the Kansas House of Representatives. “Anyone who has met, worked with, or voted for Aruna knows her future is bright. We are excited to have her at the helm of IMPACT.”

An engineer by training, Miller served in the Maryland State House from 2010 to 2018, where she worked to invest in STEM education, streamline the regulatory process for small businesses, and bring 21st century jobs to Maryland. In her 2018 bid for Congress, Miller came in second out of eight candidates and earned endorsements from the Impact Fund, EMILY’s List, 314 Action, National Education Association, and the Sierra Club as well as all four Indian American members of the House of Representatives.

“I am honored and excited to work with IMPACT,” Miller said. “I am particularly gratified to be part of an organization dedicated to engaging Indian Americans, one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. I hope to further IMPACT’s mission to develop and support talented individuals have the desire to become influential leaders in our democracy.”

Co-founded by Raj Goyle, CEO of Bodhala and former member of the Kansas State House, and Deepak Raj, Chairman of Pratham USA and founder of the Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University, IMPACT’s mission is to help talented and patriotic Indian Americans run for office, win, and lead.