Nikhil Aziz

Executive Director, Grassroots International

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 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 steering committee of the International Human Rights Funders Group and the Funders Network on Transforming the Global Economy, and the board of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation.