About Us

Darshan Khalsa

Principle

DarshanMoves Coaching + Consulting -

Oakland,

CA

Principle, DarshanMoves Coaching + Consulting

With 20 years of leadership experience in social justice organizations and her identities as a queer, able-bodied, cis- South Asian woman of color, Darshan Khalsa provides consulting and coaching to organizations and individuals seeking transformation and growth. She holds professional expertise in executive leadership, organizational development, and racial and gender justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Since 2005, Darshan has worked in multiracial organizations led by smart, strategic women of color with incredible visions – and helped them move from ideas to action. Her leadership roles have encompassed strategic and organizational development, finance and operations, HR, fundraising, and communications, and she has deep experience in reproductive justice.  She currently serves as Vice-President at Rivera Consulting, a movement-building firm committed to planting the seeds for deep democracy, just sustainability, and community care. Until 2018, Darshan was the Organizational Growth Director at Forward Together, leading human resources and operations for a multi-racial organization that works with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change. From 2014 to 2016, she managed operations and human resources at Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland, CA. She has also served as the Managing Director at the Center for Media Justice, Deputy Director at Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE), and Deputy Director at the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development. She served on the Board of Directors of the Third Wave Foundation from 2009 to 2014, and she has served on the Board of Directors for URGE since 2014, where she just completed two terms as chair.

Darshan loves thinking and talking about movement in many forms, about meaning and joy and healing, and about how we transform ourselves, each other and the world. She is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach through Coach Diversity Institute and provides holistic life coaching, meeting facilitation, and meditations.