Born in Chennai, South India, and brought up in the United Arab Emirates, Sumitra arrived in New York in the mid 90's and cut her movement-building teeth in the vibrant racial justice organizing against police brutality of that era. Sumitra has 12 years of New York based experience as a trainer in critical thinking, popular education, political analysis, leadership development, media literacy and documentary storytelling. She has worked with both youth and adults across the ideological, geographical, racial, class, gender and sexuality spectrums and on a broad array of social justice issues. Before her current role as Political Education Coordinator at SJL, she worked as Director of Training at Global Action Project, a youth media justice organization in New York. During that time, she helped start their Media in Action training program for adult and youth organizers. Sumitra acquired a B.A in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A in Media and Cultural Studies from the New School for Social Research, and has done intensive study of global political economy ever since.