SDNari is a 501-C-3 non-profit organization for educational, cultural and charitable purposes, and is the leading resource for women in the greater San Diego area. SDNari’s mission is to encourage and support women and seniors in their personal, professional, and social lives. Friendship and community services are our core values.

All board members work in a voluntary capacity.


  • This group was originally formed under the name SAWI.
  • SAWI was formally inaugurated on March 8, 1997, by then Indian ambassador Shyamala Cowsik in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.  The event was attended by 115 members.
  • The group’s founder and first President was the late Dr Manju Goel.
  • Founding committee members were: Dr. Divya Kakaiya, Dr. Huma Ahmed Ghosh, Neelu Bhardwaj, Anasuya Pyne, Rajshree Mudaliar, and Dr. Meera Kumar

Past Presidents

  • Dr Manju Goel ( Late)
  • Rajshree Mudaliar
  • Sneh Aggarwal
  • Devi Mannath
  • Uma Laxman
  • Dr Divya Kakaiya
  • Sneh Aggarwal

The group’s name was changed to SDNari in 2008 when Uma Laxman was the President.
Active Treasures and secretary  were Raj Parimoo, Raj Pathria, Francoise Shah.
Active Supporters were Sarita Mittal, Susheela Narayana, Ragini Sai,  Dr Swadesh Mallick, Simarjeet Sahota, SAHARA, Dr. Meera Kumar, Vinod Kumar, Manju Sikri, Dr Parmela Sawhney, Janaki Ravintula, Sekhar Ravintula, Rohini Mandayam, Vani Chawla, Dr Asha Kamnani, Sheela Patel, Padmini Kudromurthy, and Anu Nedumpally

SDNari could not function without the support, active participation and endorsement of all of our members.

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