Seva Gandhi, a Chicago native, has been in the field of community development as an organizer and facilitator locally and abroad, for the past 10 years. She is currently the Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Institute of Cultural Affairs, a non-profit in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. She holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan, with a focus on management of human services and community organizing. She is trained in the Technology of Participation Facilitation methods as a Certified Facilitator, and Mentor Trainer.
Seva has spent the past five years organizing the accelerate77 project which connects local neighborhood sustainability initiatives throughout the City of Chicago using an asset-based approach. She has played a key role in using the assets uncovered through accelerate77 to form and sustain the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network - a multidisciplinary network that creates space for grassroots leaders to collaborate, share resources, support each other's work build a stronger collective voice, and build equitable relationships with policymakers.
Seva serves on the leadership team of CROAR, a Chicago based anti-racism training organization, in addition to serving as the treasurer of the ICA International board. She spends a lot of her time thinking about the pervasiveness of systemic social justice issues in our society, and the role of individuals and communities mitigating them. Seva’s interests involve international rural community development, increasing access to local, organic, and affordable food, and riding her bicycle.