Purvi Poets

Forewording Beauty

Consulting Services

I love moving vision to reality.

My joy is to work with others to make our world a more just place while having fun and spreading beauty.

I won the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Services Award in 2008 and I am a content expert in issues related to gender violence, economic justice, education, immigrant rights, language access, policy advocacy, racial justice, and media including non-profit film & digital communications.

My arenas of consulting practice include:

  • systems change, field development, and policy research & advocacy;
  • convenings coordination and trainings;
  • media advocacy, non-profit messaging & media production, and strategic communications;
  • community engagement methodologies & campaigns;
  • organizational development including strategic planning, innovative program development, and impact evaluation; and,
  • non-profit governance including leadership development, executive coaching, financial management & capacity building.

To inquire about my consulting services, rates, and availability, reach out at purvi@purvipoets.net.

I currently consult on projects with the Asian Pacific Islander Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Border Crossers, and the Women of Color Network by developing cultural responsivity trainings and Technical Assistance briefs on language access, providing anti-racist trainings for educators, and leading policy advocacy convenings on economic security for advocates working to end gender violence.

I recently completed a year-long consultancy with the Center for Court Innovation & Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence to support re-envisioning New York City’s abusive partner intervention programs. The City recently launched “Interrupting Violence at Home” to provide community-based services outside the criminal legal system. You can read Seeding Generations: New Strategies Towards Services for People Who Abuse, the full report on my research and systems change advocacy.

My prior consulting projects have delved sex selection in the South Asian American community and trafficking. And I have planned a convening of anti-racial profiling advocates, taught Asian American literature courses at Hunter College, supported the development of Kundiman, a national Asian American writers organization, and contributed to the Huffington Post.

For nearly eight years, I served as the executive director of Sakhi for South Asian Women. Through my leadership, I enabled increased language access in New York State and enhanced approaches to ending violence. I have been asked to provide expert commentary on violence against women and/or the South Asian community in interviews conducted by CNN, WABC in New York City, New York Times, New York Newsday, WNYC, and a range of ethnic broadcast and print media including GEO TV, India Abroad, Indian TV, New Delhi TV, SONY, and TV Asia.

I have also served as a board member and program committee chair for the New York Women’s Foundation. My expertise ranges from media to community organizing to evaluation to grantmaking. Or take the words of others in Purvi Shah Leadership.

You can hear about my own leadership lessons here.

Purvi in the Media and Media Production (Selected)