Meet Monali Bhakta, IGNITE's 22-23 Minnesota Fellow
Monali is a second-year Minneapolis IGNITE Fellow. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English from Gustavus Adolphus College. Monali served as the Co-President of the Gustavus Student Senate, making diversity, equity, and inclusion an institutional priority and a fundamental aspect of her platform. Monali has also interned with high-ranking elected officials like U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, providing immigration casework assistance to 200+ constituents across Minnesota. In the 2020 general election, she served as a Field Organizer for the campaign of Dan Feehan for Congress, reaching out to the BIPOC electorate to discuss sociopolitical issues and providing accessible voting resources during a pandemic. This compelled her to work with IGNITE, serving as a voting ambassador and educating approximately 150 voters in her network. As a Fellow, she has worked with political candidates and elected officials to educate women to become civically engaged, making them comfortable with the political process. Monali is a first-year law student at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN. She plans to use her legal education to advance immigrant rights, particularly for mixed-status and undocumented families - a human rights issue that is deeply personal to her. For Minnesota inquiries, please contact Monali at firstname.lastname@example.org.