Reshma Persaud is a Manager of Principal Giving at the International Rescue Committee. She is responsible for the portfolio management of multi-million dollar gifts within the United States and oversees the implementation of funding within programs focusing on safety, health, education, economic well-being, and empowerment for refugee populations worldwide. Previously, Reshma held various positions within New York University (NYU), the CUE Art Foundation, and the Association of Professional Art Advisors. Her 2020 master’s thesis at NYU Steinhardt focused on the rise of female artists within art history. She holds a master’s degree from NYU Steinhardt in Art Administration, focusing on non-profit management and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from NYU College of Arts and Science. Reshma is an active volunteer with various organizations in the NYC metro area. Inspired by global and national women’s rights movements, Reshma works to amplify the voices of NYC’s diverse women. She is a part of many multi-generational, intersectional platforms working to foster women’s empowerment through dismantling norms, practices, and institutions that support patriarchy and gender injustice. They aim to unify women and gender non-conforming individuals in their community, connecting them to the tools and resources necessary to empower their own lives and thrive.
“For the next few months, my vision is to partner with various organizations in the NYC metro area to empower a strong group of diverse women and girls. We aim to unify and connect our community to the tools and resources necessary to empower their lives, thrive, and plant the seeds for the next generation.“
Learn more about Reshma’s Landecker Democracy Fellowship project here.
Updated June 2021
More from Reshma Persaud
Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud - Combating gender-based violence
Humanity in Action asks Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud to talk about her Action Project.
Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud and The Caribbean Equality Project to publish new 'Name Changing Resource Guide'
Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud published 'Name Changing Resource Guide' - a new resource guide for Caribbean Equality Project.
Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud Organizes Translations and Workshops to support NYC local elections
To encourage NYC citizens to vote in the 2021 local elections, Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud Organizes Translations and Workshops, collaborating with the Bharati Foundation.
Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud Organizes a Vaccine Site for Refugee Clients with the IRC
In partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals, the IRC hosted a one day vaccine clinic organized by Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud.
Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud Partners with Turning Point NY and Safe Horizon to Deliver Supplies
Landecker Democracy Fellow Reshma Persaud recently wrote two social media posts in which she talks about partnering with Turning Point NY to deliver food and school supplies as well as with Safe Horizon to deliver feminine hygiene products.
Reshma Persaud: Can the Biden administration alone fix US democracy?
Landecker Democracy Fellow Reshma Persaud reflects on the January 6, 2021 violence at the US Capitol. She emphasizes the important role of local level actors in protecting democracy.
Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows Discuss Protecting Democracy After Attack on US Capitol
Landecker Fellows gathered to debrief the violent January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and the implications this assault has had on the future of democracy--an assault fueled by conspiracy theories and former US President Donald Trump himself. From there, they deliberated on how we can depolarize our communities and call civil society into action in order to protect and strengthen democratic societies.
Inter-Faith Toolkit to Combat Gender-Based Violence
Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud, as a part of the South Queens Women’s March, supported the organization’s publication of an interfaith toolkit combatting gender-based violence. The toolkit calls faith leaders to action in protecting women, girls, and gender nonconforming individuals in their communities.
South Queens Community Pantry 2020
Landecker Fellow Reshma Persaud, as a part of the South Queens Women March, contributed to the second of three Holiday Food and Essentials Distributions in NYC.
Empowering Women and Girls in NYC
Landecker Democracy Fellow Reshma Persaud is a Manager of Principal Giving at the International Rescue Committee. In support of activism through art, Reshma and SQWM will host an exhibition highlighting immigrant communities, families, or/and anonymous GBV survivors for them to "Tell their Stories Through Art" either virtually or in-person.