Neha Gill is a passionate and dedicated advocate for gender equality. Prior to assuming the role as Apna Ghar’s executive director in August 2013, she held several key positions within the organization overseeing program management and organizational development. Apna Ghar provides critical, comprehensive, culturally competent services, and conducts outreach and advocacy across communities to end gender violence.

During her tenure as executive director, Neha has overseen the most organizational growth since Apna Ghar’s inception, including the ground up construction of a brand new 10,000 square feet purpose built safe home for survivors, doubling the agency’s revenue and operating budget, increased programming and partnerships, and expanded the agency’s service area and physical locations. As a subject matter expert, Neha has led consultations and training, and advised local and international NGOs, government officials, staff of UN agencies on providing services to survivors of gender-based violence. In 2014, policies and procedures for serving survivors of gender violence that she helped establish were formally adopted by the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq.

Neha is consistently profiled and featured in the media, and is cited in several studies, articles and books on gender and social justice and human rights. In 2016, she co-authored a case study on Apna Ghar’s work in the book Spirituality, Culture and Development: Implications for Social Work, published by Indiana University press. Neha serves on boards and in advisory capacities for several organizations.

Neha is multicultural and multilingual with extensive cross-cultural experience having worked on gender issues in Chicago and around the world, including in India. She is the proud recipient of several awards and honors and is a 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.

Neha received a Master of Science degree in International Public Service and certificates in Public Policy and International NGO Management from DePaul University in Chicago. She holds certificates in leadership, nonprofit management and finance. Neha received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and is also a graduate of the Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) program from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus.

The Impact Award honors three leaders working to improve the lives of women and girls by expanding economic security, ensuring freedom from violence, and/or enhancing access to health services and information.