Annetta Seecharran

Executive Director

Annetta Seecharran has a 20-year track record working for change both locally and internationally. Before Chhaya, Annetta served as Director for Policy and Advocacy at United Neighborhood Houses, the preeminent organization that represents the interests of over 500,000 low-income individuals served by New York City’s settlement houses. In September 2009 Annetta completed an eight-year tenure as the Executive Director of South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!), the pioneering organization dedicated to ensuring success of low-income South Asian youth and families in New York City. Prior to joining SAYA!, Annetta spent five years at the International Youth Foundation (IYF), where she ran a best-practices network of youth development organizations in over 30 countries. Earlier, Annetta worked for the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the Gender and Development Program of the United Nations Development Program. A Guyanese immigrant to New York City at the age of 13, Annetta holds an M.A. in international political economy and development from Fordham University, a B.A. in political science from Manhattanville College, and executive management certificates from Columbia Business School and Harvard Business School. She also serves on the boards of the New York Immigration Coalition, New York State Immigrant Action Fund and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development.