The Pennsylvania Chapter of USINPAC was formed to promote and strengthen the USINPAC mission to impact policy on issues of concern to the Indian-American community in the United States. USINPAC PA Chair Dr. Ravi Balu and Mr. Ganesh Mani have been instrumental in leading the change. It is Dr. Balu’s belief that Western Pennsylvania needs to have a bigger presence in local politics, and USINPAC has been the leading voice in setting the road ahead for Indian Americans to do so to have their voices heard in the Pennsylvania community.
USINPAC has helped the Pennsylvania chapter to approach and get their foot in the door within Pennsylvania’s politics by contacting politicians both running and elected within the state’s government. Keeping USINPAC’s mission in mind, the USINPAC PA chapter has strived to help Indian Americans citizens become elected officials within the local government. They also have helped local businesses of individuals who are of Indian American heritage as well as other ethnicities.
Some of the goals that the USINPAC PA chapter has set forth are to have a stronger presence within their local government with individuals who can speak for the Indian American community. Being the strongest and more prevalent minority within Pennsylvania after African Americans in Western Pennsylvania, it is the goal of the USINPAC PA chapter to get Indian Americans elected in the local government. On both a national and international level, the USINPAC PA chapter would like to see more effective people in government(s) who is/are “India centric.”
“USINPAC is a great organization and keeps its focus on its mission of impacting policies concerning the Indian American communities in the United States. This organization has great interaction(s) with the federal government as well as the state government.” – Dr. Ravi Balu, USINPAC PA Chair