Monami Maulik was born in Kolkata, India and grew up in the Bronx. She has been an immigrant and racial justice organizer for over 15 years. After graduating from Cornell University in 1996 with a major in Development Policy and minors in Women’s and South Asian Studies, she began organizing in New York City for workers, youth, racial and global justice, and police accountability. From 1997-2000, she was an Organizing Committee member of the NY Taxi Workers’ Alliance, and then worked as Director for Training Institute for Careers in Organizing (TICO). In 2000, Monami founded DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving as one of the first low-income South Asian community-based organizations for social justice in the U.S. Since then, she has served as the Executive Director and leads campaign and movement building work. In 2001, Monami received the Union Square Award as founder of DRUM and the Open Society Institute Community Fellowship of the George Soros Foundation. In 2002, Monami received the Jane Bagely Lehman Award from the Tides Foundation “Honoring Post 9/11 Organizing for Immigrant Rights and Civil Liberties.” She is now serves on the national boards of National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, the Dignity in Schools Campaign, United National Anti-War Committee, and locally, the Advisory Board of the North Star Fund.