Kartik Amarnath, MS

Kartik Amarnath is the Policy Specialist for PUSH Buffalo and a MD and MPH candidate – currently on a leave – at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Indianapolis, he was raised in four countries and is of Sri Lankan Tamil and Indo-Malaysian descent. In 2021 he was named an Archival Creators Fellow with the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). As a means of collective healing, his archival project will document legacies of Tamil feminism on the 40th anniversary of the Sri Lankan government’s destruction of the Jaffna Library and its archive of Tamil history. He was formerly Energy Planner for the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, where he worked on energy policies and programs serving frontline communities. He has worked with the CDC, Democracy Now!, C40, the Tishman Environment and Design Center, and as a Fulbright student researcher. He received a B.A. in Biology with Anthropology and Philosophy minors from DePauw University and a M.S. in Design and Urban Ecologies from The New School.

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