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Kiran Kaur Gill

NRI Kiran Kaur Gill named to US Homeland Security
Dept’s Faith-Based Advisory Council

Los Angeles, Oct 19, 2022 A.Gary Singh

After NRI community leader Chandru Acharya, Kiran Kaur Gill, an NRI Sikh, has been named to the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Faith-Based Security Advisory Council. Kiran Kaur Gill, Executive Director, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), is the lone Hindu voice in the committee of 25 distinguished faith leaders from the US.

  • She was previously a volunteer for SALDEF conducting Sikh Awareness training around the country for schools, law enforcement and state/local government.
  • She was actively involved in teaching Sikh history and kirtan (religious music).
  • Before SALDEF, Gill was the president and CEO of an environmental consulting firm in New Jersey.
  • In 2014, she was selected as "Small Business Person of the Year" by the US Small Business Administration (SBA).
  • In 2018, she was named among the top 50 most influential people of colour in New Jersey by ROI-NJ.
  • She was also the president and a founding member of Inspiring South Asian American Women, an organisation dedicated to promoting civic and community engagement among South Asian American women.

The Faith-based Security Advisory Council provides advice to the Secretary and other senior leadership on matters related to the security, preparedness of houses of worship, and better coordination with the faith community.

“This council is an important way for the department to formally engage with key partners on issues affecting faith communities,” said Brenda Abdel, Assistant Secretary for Partnerships and Engagement. “The members of the faith-based Security Advisory Council will provide valuable insights that will benefit our stakeholders across the country on issues critical within the scope of the Department’s mission.”