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Viraj Ayar

Racial Equity Social Justice Fellow

Office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Viraj’s life is a journey across geopolitical boundaries. He has spent thirteen years living with people from various cultures, values, and backgrounds across three continents. Born in India, he spent extensive time living in South Asia, the Middle East, and Canada before settling down in Massachusetts. His interest in public service comes from a combination of education, field experience, research, and upbringing. More importantly, he has a desire to make a positive difference in the communities he has lived in. Despite cultural differences, Viraj loves working with people from diverse cultures due to his cross-cultural understanding of people, fluency of foreign languages, and skills of cultural adaptability. He speaks Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati, and French – languages that have helped him advance professional objectives at nonprofits, government offices, and embassies. In Massachusetts, he has been heavily involved with state politics through roles at the state legislature, Governor’s office, and the College Democrats of Massachusetts. Abroad, his most rewarding experiences include working at the U.S embassy in Oman, learning Arabic in Jordan, and drafting policy proposals for one of India’s largest nutrition NGOs.

Viraj holds a dual Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Arabic from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Viraj Ayar