Board Director, Vice Chair of the Board
With decades of experience in law, Saswati Paul has been on the EAI board for 14 years. In her work, Paul has supported battered women and provided representation to vulnerable clients seeking political asylum and/or facing deportation.
Saswati Paul is an attorney by profession, focusing in particular on employee benefits and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) fiduciary issues. Previously she was with Greenberg Traurig, LLP, the ERISA boutique Trucker Huss, White & Case LLP, and Baker & McKenzie. Before moving to the private sector, she worked with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. For nearly eight years she enforced fiduciary compliance under ERISA.
She began her legal career as the first Anheuser-Busch Fellow at the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium and co-authored its first comprehensive national audit on anti-Asian violence. She was appointed to the Maryland Governor’s Task Force on Anti-Asian Violence and served as President of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund of Washington, D.C.
In past years, Ms. Paul has also served on the boards of various Asian Pacific American Bar Associations. She was instrumental in establishing the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California’s Hate Crimes Hotline.
While earning a B.A. in Economics from Yale University, Ms. Paul wrote her senior essay on the role of women in economic development. Ms. Paul continues to be involved with Yale and has served as an interviewer for its Alumni School Committee for over 30 years. She also holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, where she was the recipient of the Gryzmish and Dean’s Funds Awards focusing on public interest law. She is a member of the California, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bars, and various U.S. District Courts. Paul is in her second year as Bowditch Middle School’s PTSA President and is also on the Board of Directors of San Mateo High School’s Education Foundation.