Manpreet Kaur Teji is a second year law student at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. While in her first year of law school, Manpreet was selected as one of the E3! Ambassadors for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). She joined 31 other young leaders who were selected for their commitment to improving the quality of life and opportunity for young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Prior to law school, Manpreet was the Program Associate at South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) in Takoma Park, MD. As part of national leading South Asian advocacy organization, Manpreet supported SAALT’s community programs including civic engagement campaigns and leadership development initiatives.
Manpreet was born and brought up in Illinois and graduated from Saint Louis University with a degree in Economics in 2012. Manpreet has worked very closely with the Sikh community through her internship with the Sikh Coalition; she organized a community hearing dealing with post 9/11 discrimination and worked with Sikh youth camps in Illinois. She has also obtained a background in data analysis through her internship with US Senator Richard Durbin. Additionally, she completed the ELLA fellowship program to strengthen her leadership skills with the Sadie Nash Leadership Program. Manpreet has always had a keen interest and desire in working with the Asian community to address needs and concerns through projects and effective policy.
Manpreet was awarded the Indian American Bar Association Foundation Public Interest Summer Fellowship which providing funding for internship this past summer at the Federal Defender Program in the Northern District of Illinois.