Nikhil Aziz

Nikhil Aziz has been Executive Director of Grassroots International since 2005. Before joining Grassroots, Nikhil was Associate Director at Political Research Associates, where he led a team that studied the conservative movement and the political right in the United States.

Nikhil previously taught human rights and international development in Colorado and Illinois. For his dissertation, he worked with India’s National Alliance of People’s Movements, an alliance of progressive movements for human rights and social, environmental, and economic justice. As a progressive, immigrant, gay man of color, Nikhil has built collaborations with activist and advocacy organizations nationwide and continues to speak, teach and write on human rights, international development and social change.

He has served on the Boards of Africa Today Associates, Resist, Massachusetts Asians & Pacific Islanders for Health, and MASALA (Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association); and currently serves on the Boards of the EDGE (Engaged Donors for Global Equity) Funders Alliance and the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation; and the Steering Committee of the International Human Rights Funders Group.