Shakila is the Grants Associate at the NBA Foundation. Passionate about mission-driven work that supports young people, she comes to the NBA with experience in youth empowerment and social justice-oriented storytelling. Her dedication to supporting youth began with interning at Sakhi for South Asian Women, where she supported developing culturally-inclusive youth programming, and Generation Citizen, where she taught action civics to 8th graders. Both these experiences emphasized her long-standing belief that young people of color, an often-overlooked group in society, deserve to live and thrive in dignity. Recognized for her leadership qualities and values of social change, service, and integrity, Shakila has also been awarded the Mellon-Mays Research Fellowship and the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. The Watson Fellowship supported her prior role as a Researcher at the Museum of the City of New York for their project, “Your Hometown,” a podcast interviewing prominent New Yorkers about their coming-of-age years. Shakila also has a multidisciplinary creative background in film, oral history, and photography, and her writing has been published in places from peer-reviewed academic journals to zines.
A lifelong New Yorker and student of NYC public schools, Shakila is a proud Hunter College, CUNY alumna where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Asian American Studies. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and exploring food spots in her new Bronx neighborhood.