Nitika Raj does social justice work for the same reason she prays – to seek truth and build peace and dignity for all. She is the founder and principal of Moksh Consulting, through which she offers organizational consulting and professional coaching services. Her areas of expertise are facilitation, resource mobilization and donor organizing, anti-oppressive organizational development, staff and board development, and coaching with a focus on building up the resiliency and power of marginalized communities.
Previously she was on staff at Resource Generation for 4 years as Director of Racial Justice, and before that as a National Organizer of young people of color with wealth. Her other work experiences include ChangeLab (a grassroots political lab focusing on U.S. racial justice politics and the role of Asian Americans), API Chaya (a South Asian organization addressing domestic violence in Washington state), Kirkland Police Department Family Violence Unit, and the VOICE anti-violence project at Georgia Tech. Nitika is currently on the board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a global LGBTQ human rights foundation. She is former board member and chair of Trikone Northwest in Seattle and also a co-founding member of the Queer and Trans POC Yoga Collective in Seattle.
Nitika’s writings have been published in Tikkun magazine (2013), Criptiques: an anthology of writing on disability (2014), Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice (2014), Queering Sexual Violence (2016), and various online forums. Nitika has edited and produced two zines for social justice organizations – 33 Cups of Chai (for Chaya in 2010), and To the Left and Write (for Western States Center in 2010). She has shared her poetry and creative non-fiction on several stages in Seattle and New York. In 2015 Nitika co-founded the Yoni ki Raat Collective and show, a theater production to raise awareness about issues of gender, sexuality, and violence in the South Asian community.
Born in India and raised in Kuwait, she currently lives in and loves from Brooklyn, NY.