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Rupsi Burman – Founder & Chair

Rupsi Burman, person of Indian origin, currently resides in the USA and is an IT professional with over a couple of decades of experience in banking, logistics, utilities, international trade and government. Since childhood she’s been involved in philanthropic work and is a bold stand for love and peace. In July 2013 she started her own non-profit organization Hope in Life Foundation ( to immerse herself in humanatarian work. Her non-profit empowers women, men and children through training and education. Her organization does projects with women inside prisons, children in elementary schools and colleges, homeless people, trafficked victims.  As Chair of Orange County Task Force – Cities for CEDAW Program she works with elected officials of various cities to bring CEDAW to cities and County of Orange. CEDAW is the United Nations Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women adopted by the General Assembly in 1979. Under her leadership, CEDAW Resolution was passed by City of Laguna Woods in April 2016. Her non-profit organization is a Council of Organization (COO) of United Nations Association-United States of America (UNA-USA) Orange County chapter – Hope in Life Foundation is also a Cooperation Circle (CC) of United Religions Initiative and works collaboratively with other interfaith organizations to deliver and maintain peace and harmony in the community. In 2015, her team did a workshop at Parliament of World’s Religions at Salt Lake City, Utah on, ”Peace Within families – The Human Approach”. She is a member of Oprah Winfrey’s  Belief Team ( She serves on the Advisory Board of Council of Interfaith and Indigenous Women; One Global Family Foundation (; Southern California Committee for a Parliament of World’s Religions ( and S.A.R.A.H ( She is a member of American Association of University Women as well as of American Women for International Understanding ( In 2014 she started a non-profit in Calcutta, India as an extension of her work in the United States. The Calcutta organization has collaboratively delivered three workshops over eighteen months. In her free time, Rupsi blogs about self-realization, self-discipline and self-empowerment on B’Khush


Subhra Banerjee Vice Chair & Treasurer

Mr. Banerjee is a CPA with 20 years of experience in his field. He has over 5 years of experience working with non-profits. His expertise lies in tax preparation services. He is also skilled in preparation of financial statements, internal controls, account reconciliations and cash flow management.


Margaret Huebner – Vice Chair & Administration 

Margaret is a 40-year Human Resources Executive and has worked in a wide variety of industries during her career, including the maritime and goods movement industry, government contracting and defense manufacturing. She also spent approximately ten years in the Middle East as a Management and Human Resources Consultant, living in Oman and Kuwait.  Huebner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge, and a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Design from Claremont Graduate University.  She also holds the professional designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and completed  the CSU Northridge certificate program on “Mediation and Conflict Resolution.”   She is an active member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, AAUW Long Beach, and Hope in Life Foundation.  She was honored in 2016 as a “Woman of Distinction” by Soroptimist International Long Beach.


Laura Lafoia Ava – Tesimale – Outreach Director

Laura is an Indigenous Pacific American mother, humanitarian, entrepreneur, community organizer and global peace activist. Her professional career spans over 30-years managing branches and corporate operations for multi-billion dollar real estate lending firms. Since 2001, Laura has been the CEO of AVA Consulting & Management and the Founder/President of One Global Family Foundation. In 2015, she founded and chairs the Councils of Interfaith and Indigenous Women – Youth. Laura also serves on the board for the Orange County Interfaith Network, Unity & Diversity World Council, Southern California Parliament of the World’s Religions, and the Interfaith Advisory Council for the LA & OC Sheriff’s Departments.


Sharmistha Chakraborty – Funds Director

With an MBA in Finance and over 25 years of experience in the Investment banking industry, Sharmistha is an expert and a leader professionally.  Sharmistha is blessed with great communication skills that have taken her into leadership roles, all the way up to Executive Management.  She has led business projects overseas and has been recognized for her accomplishments that required deep understanding of cross cultural differences. She is passionate about Indian arts and culture, and is constantly promoting the same everywhere. She is also deeply involved in philanthropy work. In the past she has helped to raise funds for a library that was otherwise struggling to meet the needs of the community. She has served on the local chapter of Women’s club of the San Gabriel region and has also been active at the Easter Seal Foundation. She is an enthusiastic patron of the Vedanta temple and uses her time and energy to work with those who need her kind services. She was the Treasurer of the Bengali Association of Southern California (BASC) and later was on their Advisory Board.


Preeti Sinha – Communications Director

With a Masters in International Law and International Relations, Preeti has always been a strong advocate for the downtrodden and  believes in equality and respect for all human beings. In the past, She has volunteered for organizations that have stood up for pertinent social causes. She has volunteered with Free the Slaves and Human Options in the past and has also completed forty hours of Human Options Domestic Violence Training. She is an avid reader and loves writing and listening to music in her spare time.


Dhruba Bose-RoyEvents Director

Dhruba is a resident of Pasadena and a Nuclear Engineer who retired from Southern California Edison after 25+ years of service. She is a renowned playwright and loves directing plays. In her free time she likes to travel and do philanthropy work.


Mirvette Judeh Maaytah – Community Development Director

Mirvette has a Bachelors in Psychology from UCI and a Masters in Psychology from Pepperdine. She is an Arab American. She is a Muslim American Activist. She is Vice Chair of Arab American Civic Council. She has been a Progressive Interfaith Board Member. For over a decade she has volunteered for various organizations and has assisted single mothers, homeless people and has been the voice for the underserved and under represented communities. She has spoken on a plethora of topics including politics, religion, women’s rights, American Muslim rights, and has even encouraged collaborative efforts among various organizations.  She truly believes we are stronger when we work together.


Jhumur Bhattacharya – Operations Director & Secretary

She has lived in the USA for over 40 years and has spent 35 of those years in the Software industry. She has a Master’s in Mathematics from India as well as a Computer Science degree from Hamburg, Germany. Jhumur was raised in a family where getting an education was a priority.  As a result, all 9 siblings completed their education in a timely manner. She has served as a faculty member of Devry University and California State, Fullerton. With so much emphasis on education in her life since childhood, she not only realizes the value of it, but also supports her family and friends to keep at it. She is a compassionate human being serving Southern California residents with her dedication, time and energy.  In the past she has volunteered at the Easter Seal Foundation and Fairview Severely Disabled facility and  currently she volunteers at a Senior Center and also at a local Ashram.