Sanjana Sidhra started at AHI as an intern and today is a Senior Analyst working out of the Boston office. In her position, she supports AHI’s mission of equitable and affordable housing by way of research, analysis, management, and consulting.
Brought up in Mumbai – a land-scarce high-density metropolis – Sanjana’s interest in housing stems from having seen the disparity that exists between informal and formal urban settlements, and the impact that has on city dwellers. Her approach embodies her foundational belief that housing is core to an individual’s social mobility.
Since becoming a full-time member of the team in 2020, Sanjana’s work has been primarily focused on AHI’s Health Secure Housing initiative in the United States. In the international realm, she supports AHI’s impact consulting working in Guyana, Vietnam, India, and The Philippines. Sanjana also supports senior staff’s work with SEWA Grih Rin, a high‐impact, women‐centric, and pro‐poor housing finance company in India. She is also AHI’s in-house gender-expert in training.
She previously worked with the Urban Design Research Institute in India to document and analyze government policy initiatives for the supply of housing in the country since its independence in 1947.
Sanjana is a graduate of Cornell University where she earned her Master’s in City and Regional Planning with a concentration in International Planning and Development. There, she conducted research on common-property resource management to increase the climate resilience of indigenous fishing villages along the coast of Mumbai. She also holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Mumbai University in India.
She speaks Hindi natively and English proficiently. When she is not supporting AHI’s housing consulting activities, Sanjana likes to host and cook for friends and family.