Areas of expertise: social justice advocacy, organizing and non-profit management

Deepak Bhargava is a policy expert on issues of poverty, economic justice, racial equity, and immigration, and has extensive practical experience in community organizing, leadership development, social movements, progressive strategy, issue campaigns, coalition building and voter mobilization.

Prior to joining SLU, he was for 16 years President and Executive Director of Community Change and Community Change Action, two of the premier national organizations supporting grassroots community organizing in low-income communities of color in the United States. He has trained and mentored hundreds of leaders who play key roles in progressive organizations and social justice movements, and worked to establish important labor-community partnerships at the national level on issues such as immigration reform, health care, and fiscal policy.

Mr. Bhargava has written extensively about community organizing, public policy related to poverty and economic justice, progressive strategy, civic engagement and racial justice among many other topics for The New York Times, The Nation, and The American Prospect, and Huffington Post, and he has been featured in major news outlets such as National Journal, the Washington Post, Politico, National Public Radio and MSNBC. Mr. Bhargava currently serves on the boards of the JPB Foundation, Open Society Foundations (US), Bauman Foundation, as well as the editorial board of The Nation magazine.

He has received awards from CASA, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), National Korean Education and Service Consortium, US Action, Campaign for America’s Future, Merage Foundation for the American Dream, and Center for Community Change. He was named one of America’s 50 leading progressive activists under 40 by The Nation magazine.