Welcoming Neesha Davé as our new Deputy Director
We are thrilled to share that Neesha Davé has joined our staff as Deputy Director. In this role, Neesha will help shape the next phase of Lilith Fund as our programs continue to grow in complexity, scale, and reach. She will also guide our organization and staff in developing leadership as they strengthen and ground our programmatic work.
Neesha has worked in progressive politics since 2003 at the state legislature, in local government and on campaigns. Neesha was a member of Lilith Fund’s board of directors from 2014 through 2018, serving as board president for her final two years.
Neesha is an experienced manager and committed fighter for progressive causes. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in the passage of progressive public policy at the state legislature and in local government.
Most recently, Neesha served as Chief of Staff to Austin City Council Member Greg Casar, where she worked alongside movement organizations to secure many policy victories, including successful efforts to reduce mass incarceration of youth, people of color and working class people, passage of city ordinances guaranteeing paid sick days and fair chance hiring, and funding to address the city’s long-neglected sexual assault evidence backlog.
Last year, Neesha collaborated with Lilith Fund and other abortion access organizations to fund $150,000 in the city’s budget towards direct practical support for Austinites seeking abortion care, making Austin the first city in the country to advance abortion access in this way.
Neesha graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Asian American Studies and Government. As a child of immigrants, a person of color, and a working mother of two school-aged children, Neesha’s lived experiences and values drive her work. She lives in Austin with her partner and children.