Seema is the executive director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), a coalition of more than 100 community-based organizations in 22 states and the Pacific Islands. Prior to joining National CAPACD, Seema served as the Founder and executive director of Chhaya CDC, an organization that works with immigrant New Yorkers on housing justice and economic development issues. She began her work in New York City with Asian Americans for Equality, where she oversaw affordable housing and community facility developments in the Lower East Side. She also previously held roles as the coordinating consultant to the Fund for New Citizens at The New York Community Trust, where she managed a donor collaborative of more than 20 foundations supporting immigrant rights and integration work in New York City, and as the director of training and technical assistance at CitizensCommittee for NYC, where she developed the core training curriculum and implementation of a capacity building program to support volunteer-run organizations addressing poverty and hunger. Currently, she serves on the Community Advisory Board, Consumer FinancialProtections Bureau and is an officer of the board of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). Seema is originally from the Chicago metro area where her parents emigrated to from India, and earned a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.