Sujatha Jesudason comes to The Milano School after six years as Founder and Executive Director of CoreAlign, a reproductive justice organization that teaches innovation for social change to frontline activists. While operating at different scales, both The New School and CoreAlign share core commitments to creativity, innovation, design, challenging the status quo, collaboration, co-creation and community engagement while remaining responsive and agile to the current political moment and conditions.
Before CoreAlign, Sujatha had 20 years of practical experience and education across a wide range of social change movements, during which she worked to forge unlikely collaborations and look past forced simplifications at the intersection of issues too often considered separately: economic inequality, domestic violence, racial discrimination, and gender roles. Her previous work includes community organizing in Milwaukee, violence prevention in the South Asian American community, and policy advocacy on human genetics. She is a leading voice on new practices for movement building, the ethics of human genetics, women’s rights, and racial justice.
Sujatha’s work merges not only topics but methods, from academic research and writing to on-the-ground capacity building in speaking race to power and innovation, to legislative education and community organizing.
Sujatha holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.