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Founder & President

Archana Sahgal (she/her) works at the intersection of politics and movement building to build power and create lasting social change. As the founder and President, Sahgal created Hyphen as a conduit for philanthropic leaders to methodically engage the Biden-Harris Administration in building public-philanthropic partnerships that benefit marginalized children, families, and communities.


Most recently, Sahgal served as Senior Advisor at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and Director of NILC’s c4, the Immigrant Justice Fund (IJF). In those roles, she led the c4 of the nation’s largest civil rights organization focused on low-income immigrants. She also led the organization’s work to make Trump a one-term president during the 2020 election cycle, while elevating immigrant inclusion as a critical, long-term part of the progressive infrastructure.


Sahgal served in the White House under President Obama as the public liaison to progressive and labor communities as the Senior Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement. She also served as Director of the Office of Advisory Committees and Industry Outreach at the U.S.  Department of Commerce, leading public-private partnerships with Fortune 100 companies. 


After the 2016 election, Sahgal worked at the Democracy Alliance, where she led the investment strategy to protect democratic norms and principles in the Trump era. While working with the NoVo Foundation, she co-founded and launched the Collective Future Fund, a new $25 million philanthropic fund focused on expanding #MeToo’s impact on low-income women and women of color in the workplace.


Sahgal has worked with other change agents including the Open Society Foundations where she led grantmaking for both the racial justice and immigration portfolios for the United States. She directed the Progressive Era Project- now known as the California Donor Table, created and led the Civic Engagement Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), and got her start in philanthropy as a fellow at the San Francisco Foundation. Sahgal has served on the boards of South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) and Californians for Justice (CFJ). Sahgal received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and her J.D. from U.C. Davis. She is a member of the California State Bar and lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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