Manjusha P. Kulkarni (Manju) is Executive Director of Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), a coalition of over forty community-based organizations that serves and represents the 1.5 million Asian Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County. Manju also serves as a Lecturer in the Asian American Studies Department of UCLA, teaching “Ethnic, Cultural and Gender Issues in America’s Health Care Systems” and “South Asian American Communities.”
Prior to joining A3PCON, Manju was Executive Director of the South Asian Network (SAN), which advances the civil rights, violence prevention and health and health care access of South Asians in Southern California. Between 1999 and 2010, Manju served as Senior Attorney at the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) in Los Angeles, California. There, she worked to improve access to quality health care for low-income individuals through administrative and legislative policy advocacy and litigation. Manju received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from Duke University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law. In April 2014, Manju received the White House Champions of Change award for her dedication to improving health care access for South Asian Americans.