The Charity CEO Podcast


Nisha Anand

CEO, Dream.Org

Finding common ground with unlikely allies

“The humanity that connects us is stronger than what has been created to divide us."

Nisha Anand is an Indian-American activist, mom of two teenagers, and a boundary-busting national leader for social and racial justice.Once a grassroots activist arrested in Burma for pro-democracy demonstrations, Nisha is known today as a leader in cultivating unlikely and unconventional partnerships to create change.

As Dream.Org's CEO, Nisha guides a team of storytellers, orgnaizers and policy experts working on some of society's toughest problems to create a better future for us all.

Ep 46. Nisha Anand, CEO Dream.Org:

Finding common ground with unlikely allies

Nisha Anand is the CEO of Dream.Org, a nonprofit organization that brings people together across racial, social and partisan lines to solve society’s toughest problems. A born change-maker, Nisha was arrested in 1998 while handing out pro-democracy leaflets in the military dictatorship of Myanmar, and was sentenced to five years in jail. Her arrest put her on the international stage and changed her thinking on how to bring about lasting change and reform. 

This is her story and that of, an organisation that was founded by CNN commentator and New York Times bestselling author, Van Jones, and that Nisha has led as CEO since 2019. With her team at, Nisha works at the intersection of criminal justice reform, green economics and tech equity, to develop innovative solutions to social and racial justice issues.  

Recorded August 2023. 

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