Jay Kansara

Jay Kansara

Director of Government Relations, Hindu American Foundation (HAF)

Jay Kansara is the Director of Government Relations at the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) based in Washington, D.C. He oversees relations with American federal, state and local governments. He also engages NGOs, foreign governments, and all relevant stakeholders to ensure policy concerns of the Hindu American community are given due consideration by key entities. Jay helps fulfill HAF’s mission to address human and civil rights concerns of Hindus in the United States and around the world. In April 2015, he was invited to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee shortly after visiting Bangladesh to convey his findings on growing political and religious extremism there, and expounding upon implications on US counter-terrorism efforts in South Asia. Jay initiated HAF’s annual advocacy forum in Washington, D.C. for Hindu Americans across the United States to address the community’s policy concerns at the federal level.