Nisha Purushotham is a facilitator, trainer, coach, and cultural worker. She partners with mission-centered organizations and social change leaders who seek to heal from historic and systemic oppression, to seed and strengthen practices of love, equity, and community accountability, and to reimagine structures, systems, and culture in ways that nurture inner change and collective liberation.
Nisha grounds her practice in a transformative justice framework developed by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and, in particular, BIPOC Queer and Trans communities and BIPOC people with disabilities. She integrates meditation, somatic practices, and circle process in her work and currently studies the impact of trauma on our bodies and trauma-informed pathways towards individual and collective healing.
Since joining IISC in 2017, Nisha has collaborated with valued IISC colleagues in client engagements centering racial equity, climate resiliency, healing, and community accountability. Prior to her work as an independent consultant, Nisha was an organizer with The Rhode Island Organizing Project in Providence, RI and The Center for Community Action in Robeson County, NC where she supported frontline leaders in base building and campaigns advancing housing justice and health equity.
Nisha is also a writer, singer-songwriter, and world percussionist who has studied Afro-Caribbean percussion with master drummers in the U.S. and Cuba. She composes people’s songs for movements of healing, justice, and liberation and is working on a memoir.