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Founder & President

Archana Sahgal (she/her) is the founder and president of Hyphen and pioneer of equitable federal implementation. She has a proven track record of working at the intersection of politics and movement building to accelerate structural change. After more than two decades of working in philanthropy, nonprofit advocacy, and the federal government, Sahgal created Hyphen in 2021 to support effective deployment of unprecedented federal resources to improve the material conditions of low-income communities and communities of color. 

Sahgal is a veteran of the Obama White House in the Office of Public Engagement and the Department of Commerce. She has also worked at Open Society Foundations, NoVo Foundation, the Democracy Alliance, and The San Francisco Foundation. Prior to launching Hyphen, Sahgal served as senior advisor at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) where she led the creation of NILC’s political arm, the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, and served as its first director. Sahgal also serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley, the Community Based Public Safety Collective, and the Welcome Fund. The daughter of South Asian immigrants, she is a member of the California State Bar and lives in Los Angeles.

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