Staff

Jasjit Singh
Executive Director

Jasjit is the Executive Director of SALDEF and has been with the organization since 2009.

He has provided numerous presentations on racial profiling, employment discrimination and community challenges to various audiences including the US Assistant Attorney General, FBI Director, TSA Administrator and EEOC Chairman.  He currently serves on DHS Secretary’s Faith-Based Initiative and has published op-eds and appeared in/on several media outlets including New York Times, Politico, Washington Post, Huffington post, National Public Radio, and CBS Radio. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).

Jasjit is an active member of his community; serving as a camp counselor and instructor at Sikh Youth Camps for the last 15 years.  He was the founder and president of the Sikh Student Association (SSA) at the University of Illinois.  Prior to joining SALDEF, Jasjit worked at the consulting and accounting firm Deloitte & Touche for 5 years. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Brooke Salkoff
Communications Director

Brooke comes to her role as Communications Director for SALDEF after 17 years on-the-air in television news, as reporter, anchor and then national correspondent for NBC News (using her maiden name, Brooke Hart). Brooke researched, wrote and reported on top national stories of the day, including live on-location coverage of President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, the September 11th attacks and aftermath, the Washington-area sniper attacks, and major political, financial, and weather-related news.

Following her reporting career Brooke managed production of all video communications as Senior Communications Officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She subsequently founded CampEasy, Inc., an online connective platform in the $25b camp market. In this role Brooke drafted and executed the company’s business plan, raised venture capital, incorporated her business, and oversees technical development and sales and marketing operations. Earlier in her career Brooke spent two years as a paralegal in the criminal section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked as the government’s chief paralegal in the federal criminal civil rights investigation and prosecution of the four officers who beat Rodney King.

Brooke graduated from Stanford University, earning a degree in Humanities with honors. She earned her Masters degree from Georgetown University. She lives in McLean with her husband and two kids, ages 10 and 12.

Jyotswaroop Kaur
Education Director

In her role at SALDEF, Jyotswaroop is responsible for the strategic growth and development of the two Sikh LEAD programs: Internship Program and the Leadership Development Program. She also oversees the community relations work including the Law Enforcement Partnership Program.

Jyotswaroop joined SALDEF with 10 years of experience in youth education programs, teaching, economic and social justice work. She graduated with her Masters in Public Administration, Non-Profit Management and Policy degree from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. She obtained her BA in English with a minor in Conflict Resolution from University of California Irvine.

Jyotswaroop serves of the Board of Directors of SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) — a community based organization in South Los Angeles.

Navdeep Singh
Policy Director

Navdeep Singh is the Policy Director at SALDEF. He tracks public policy, advises on legislative and community action strategies, and coordinates research opportunities. He represents the organization in front of coalition partners, lawmakers, and government agencies. Navdeep has extensively represented the Sikh American community and SALDEF via media outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, NPR, and more.

Navdeep received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. He received his B.S. in Systems Engineering with a double major in Economics from the University of Virginia, where he was among the first to graduate with a minor in Asian Pacific American Studies. While at U.Va. he co-founded the Sikh Students Association and received the Nelson Chow Award for service to the APA community and the 21 Society Award for community service.

Joyce Johnson
Office Manager

Joyce’s role in SALDEF is managing the daily administrative functions as well as keeping the Executive Director abreast of activities at SALDEF’s corporate headquarters in Washington DC.

Prior to joining SALDEF, Joyce has held administrative roles for over 15 years reporting to top business executives and upper management as well as project management teams supporting government clients. She has also been active in the local, business, and government communities through her membership with associations, chamber of commerce and holding a number of positions on various boards of directors.