Samya has been working with the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians since 2015. Through her work at CASSA, Samya has served as an advisor to the Ministry of Health Sociodemographic Data Consultation Group, the Special Investigations Unit at the Ministry of the Solicitor General, United Way Centraide’s Equity and Inclusion Advisory, and University of Toronto’s Publicly Engagement Scholarship & Innovation Advisory.
Samya received recognition from the Toronto Metropolitan University in 2020 for her work on civic engagement as their “Democracy Superhero”. Samya was also selected as CivicAction’s “DiverCity Fellow” for 2020-2021.
Prior to her employment at CASSA, Samya worked at the Affordable Housing Office at the City of Toronto as a Research Associate and Policy Consultant. During her time at the Affordable Housing Office, she worked on various housing-related portfolios supporting low-income and marginalized communities including Toronto Community Housing, and Affordable Homeownership. As a Toronto Urban Fellow for the City of Toronto, Samya worked at the Municipal Licensing and Standards division, conducting by-law reviews of business industries in Toronto.
Samya attained her Masters of Public Policy degree and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Toronto.