Meet our Women Crush Wednesday of the week, Sanjani! A mother of two, family service consultant, and ‘House of Cards’ fan, Sanjani joined WEA for the month of May as our Special Projects Fellow. She’s brought her years of expertise working with grassroots organizations to her time with us, and continues to have such an impact on the partnerships she’s helping us to nurture.

"Women - because society is still learning to value them as equal partners. The environment - so that it remains beautiful and functional for the next generation/s." - Sanjani on Women and the Environment

“Women – because society is still learning to value them as equal partners. The environment – so that it remains beautiful and functional for the next generation’s.” – Sanjani on Women and the Environment.

Name: Sanjani Varkey
Hometown: Berkeley
Superpower: Motherhood

Why did you want to intern with WEA? When I saw WEA’s posting I knew this was the organization I would like to begin my re-entry back to the social justice space, after 15 years of motherhood. Of the many things – WEA’s commitment to support women’s grassroots initiatives, and their belief in mutual partnership, spoke to me.

Tell us about a woman who inspires you. My aunt – Dipika. She, to date, despite all hardships, continues to be positive, energetic, reflective, and contributes to the well being of everyone who surrounds her.

Why women and why the environment? Women – because society is still learning to value them as equal partners. The environment – so that it remains beautiful and functional for the next generation’s.

What does your life outside WEA look like? The majority of my time is spent with or for my family. I also work part-time as a Family Services Consultant.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the Bay Area? Walking in Tilden park, yoga at The Yoga Room, and establishing new roots in Berkeley.

What are you currently reading / watching / listening to? I am reading Kitchen of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal. Watching the last few episodes of  the latest season of ‘The House of Cards’ and listening to an audio book  – The Raven boys with my children.

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