Sandhya Bathija joined CLC in February 2016 as Senior Director, Strategic Communications, in which she leads the organization's public education outreach through integrated digital and press strategies.
Sandhya, trained as a lawyer and a journalist, has an extensive background in nonprofit communications, advocacy and political and grassroots communications and campaigns. Most recently, Sandhya developed and implemented an integrated press and digital communications vision for Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, a civil and human rights organization working to raise the visibility of Asian Americans and other minority communities.
Previously, Sandhya served as the campaign manager for Legal Progress, the legal policy project at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where she monitored federal policy, led a grassroots campaign on the federal courts and served as a CAP expert on the courts and constitutional law.
Sandhya has led media and communications campaigns for the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She has also worked as a reporter for The National Law Journal, the nation’s leading legal trade publication, and practiced law for a small civil rights firm in Detroit, Michigan, where she represented clients in police misconduct cases.
Sandhya holds a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and degrees in journalism and history from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.