Aarya joined Agents of Change in 2017 in hopes of getting a greater understanding of her community and finding ways to create a positive impact. During her time in the organization, she has focused on projects revolving fighting discrimination. She has helped lead workshops to encourage girls to be involved with sports and has helped with the development of an event designed to make the transition of new immigrants in the country easier. As co-president, she hopes to help encourage agents to use their passion to take risks and tackle important issues in our community.
Kartik currently serves as Co-President. He originally joined Agents of Change as an outlet to use his ideas to make a difference of large scope in his community. He has started the Public Speaking STEM workshop in his local libraries when he first joined and has led activities at Sunday Friends and the Public Speaking workshop. Kartik hopes to use his leadership skills to help bridge partnerships and help underprivileged individuals gain better opportunities through the success of the projects.
Arianna first joined Agents of Change in 2017 in hopes of increasing awareness in environmental protection and implementing change through student involvement. She led her first event that year, the Earth Day Cleanup Event at Hellyer County Park in San Jose, and loved seeing people come together to make a difference through small but powerful actions. She has shown a strong dedication to volunteer events, outreach, and design. She believes that with a strong mind and a strong heart, anything can happen. As co-president, Arianna hopes to continue implementing change in society, not only environmental issues but the many issues that impact individuals in the community.
Director of Communications
Anirudh is the current VP and Director of Communications. Anirudh joined Agents of Change after being a canvass captain for the Ro Khanna For Congress campaign in 2016. He was originally a member of the STEM Committee, before becoming directly involved in some of AoC’s ventures, such as social media content and newsletter. As part of the executive team that "founded" the nonprofit status of Agents of Change, he has seen the growth and change of Agents of Change and its community impact This is the second year in charge of running and maintaining AoC’s internal and external communications, no matter what it is. Anirudh hopes to use this opportunity as a stepping stone to continue being a communicator and changemaker in the communities around him.
Director of Design
Hi, my name is Saumya and I joined Agents of Change in my sophomore year. I am a senior at Milpitas High School and am in charge of designing everything for the organization! Whenever there is a need for fliers, logos, brochures, or presentations, I am here to assist! My goal for the year is to support every single project and make sure that I am staying on top of my tasks and assignments. I love talking to new people, so do not hesitate to ask me anything! I also love making new friends :) I’m so excited about the upcoming year and I cannot wait to see what the agents do with this new and improved organization!
Ria is a rising senior at Irvington High School, and is leading the voter registration drive. Personally, voter registration is important to me because she believes that voting is one's civic duty. If more people are registered to vote, it removes another barrier and makes their voices more likely to be heard in our government.
Underprivileged families and young children in our community do not have access to basic real-world skills that are not taught in school but are required for the future. Because of this, he would like to address this issue by creating STEM and public speaking workshops that are designed for elementary school children in low-income communities. Each workshop will be divided into two sections where the first hour will be used for teaching the basics of computers and Microsoft Office while the second hour will be for educating students on public speaking.
Ishani is a junior at Irvington High School who loves speech and debate. She wanted to share her passion with students who do not have the opportunity to experience debate. Thus, considering speech and debate can be quite expensive, she decided that for her Public Speaking and Debate Mission, she will teach low-income students the basics of public speaking and debate to build confidence in them, develop important skills that can help them throughout their lives, and give them the opportunity to do such activities.
Arushi is a junior at Irvington High School who is passionate about computer science. As a Mission Lead at Agents of Change, she is working on a project to provide free programming workshops to students in low-income areas.
Kevin is a senior at Mission San Jose High School. He has two years of experience leading mental health-related projects and will continue to leave an impact on society. He loves getting involved with other projects and volunteering throughout the Bay Area. His interests are in sports, business, and technology.
Margaret Li is a senior at Mission San Jose High school and is currently leading the Community Gardens Project. This project educates students on current environmental issues and implements hands-on learning by building and maintaining an urban garden. Currently we are planting native plants and leafy greens and can't wait for a bountiful harvest!
Hi everyone! My name is Nandini Rajavaram, and I am one of the Agents of Change Mission Leads this year! I joined AoC in 10th grade, and I can tell you that this experience has definitely changed me and is one of the best decisions I have made. I am currently in charge of the disability awareness workshop and I believe that if we all work together, we can make the world a better place in our own ways:)
Pranav Pammidimukkala is currently the Mission Lead of Bioreach, a project focused on exposing underprivileged children to biology. Currently a senior at Irvington High School, he joined Agents of Change to make a positive impact on his community. He is currently focused on running the Bioreach project, hoping to work towards breaking the cycle of poverty by cultivating an interest in STEM at an early age.
The Career Exploration Workshop is to expose underprivileged students to the variety of career paths open to them and to empower them to pursue their dreams. It accomplishes this goal via inviting members of different fields of the workforce, from the prevalent tech industry to government officials, to give engaging presentations to the Bay Area youth. Kushal hopes that, as Mission Lead, the workshop reaches out to the multitude of bright yet disadvantaged students here in the Bay Area and motivates them to find their passion.
Shivani is a current junior at Irvington High School. Her desire to address the impacts of economic inequality on students, as well as her love for teaching and working with kids, is what inspired her mission to provide free tutoring services to low-income students in the Bay Area. She enjoys playing music in her free time and is thrilled to make positive impacts with AOC this year.
Founding Advisor & Executive Director
Tarun Galagali is the Founding Adviser and Executive Director of Agents of Change. Originally a Bay Area native, and a product of public schools, he's most passionate about improving mental wellness of students as well as bridging educational inequities. He believes that all change happens at the grassroots level and that students are more than capable of changing political systems.
Leonardo Frem serves as an adviser to Agents of Change. Leonardo has a background in Electrical Engineering and currently works at Apple as a Quality Assurance Engineer. He is a heavy proponent of STEM education advancement and diversification. Being a 1st generation college graduate, Leonardo understands the importance of mentoring and STEM support programs that motivate students to excel in their careers. His dream is to help forge the next generation of leaders with a thorough understanding of science who will facilitate the advancement of humanity.
Nikki Frem serves as an adviser to Agents of Change. She joined the organization in February 2017 with her husband, Leonardo Frem. Nikki has a background in Biology and is currently finishing her Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at San Jose State University. She is a strong advocate for the advancement of women and equality for all. Nikki believes in the importance of supporting young people as they connect with their communities through service and become strong role models and leaders for the future.
Shilpa Joshi serves as an adviser to Agents of Change. A realtor with Alain Pinel Realtors, Shilpa lives in Los Gatos with her husband and two daughters and has been an active volunteer for various organizations for several years. She is passionate about creating equal educational opportunities for everyone and strongly believes in paying forward. She hopes to help create opportunities for higher education through vocational training for both students and young adults in the community. Shilpa believes it would be magical if everyone could just mentor one person to create real change.
Manisha Puranik serves as an adviser to Agents of Change. A Bay Area resident for over 25 years, Manisha lives in Cupertino with her husband, Rajiv, and their twin daughters Tanaya and Sanika. Manisha worked as a software engineer for 20 years, before becoming an independent college admissions counselor. Manisha has been an avid worker in Cupertino social organizations such as the Cupertino-Toyokawa initiative, the Environmental Volunteers Organization, and the Cake4Kids Committee. Manisha first got involved in Ro Khanna’s campaign in 2014. The passion of young volunteers in the campaign inspired her to become involved in Agents of Chance as an advisor, believing that starting activism from a young age will shape the future of our country.
Our agents tirelessly work every week, whether it's writing plans while they're on vacation or volunteering after a hectic day at school. We appreciate each and every one of them for the work that they do and recognize them for their hard work with our 'Agent of the Week' award.
Week of Jul 25
As a member of the Economic Opportunity Committee, Natraj has continuously demonstrated his passion for promoting economic equality in his community as well as taking initiative within the organization. As a new agent in the Economic Opportunity committee, he contributes ideas and exhibits great interest in all committee activities, plans, and events!
Week of Jul 8
As a member of the Environmental Protection Committee, Shivani has continuously demonstrated her passion for addressing climate change and other environmental issues. She always contributes ideas and plans for the projects her committee undertakes.
Week of May 27
As a project lead for the Bioreach project in the STEM Advocacy Committee, Pranav is interested in biology and its application for community wellbeing. Pranav is actively involved in every committee meeting, and exhibits great leadership through the Bioreach project.
Week of May 20
As a project member of the Public Speaking project in the Economic Opportunity Committee, Kashov is interested in helping others gain and develop crucial skills, such as communication, especially for those who normally would not have the opportunity to do so. Kashov is actively involved in every meeting and call and always offers constructive and creative ideas for the betterment of the organization.