Our LP family is growing! Get to know Ashima Aggarwal, who recently joined The Laundromat Project’s Board of Directors:
As a supporter of the arts, why does art matter?
Art opens so many doors. It opens viewers up to the artist’s unique experience and to new perspectives and different ways of seeing and thinking. It made my world a much bigger and more exciting place.
What attracted you to The LP and excited you most about joining the board?
The tipping point for me was this year’s theme of abundance. I was challenged and inspired to experience and view things through this beautiful lens. Getting to know The LP team that came up with this brilliant theme and put it out into The LP community and supporting them is what excites me most.
What is your neighborhood? What’s your favorite thing about it?
Park Slope. My favorite thing is the community. We’ve lived there long enough that we can’t walk down the street without seeing someone we know.
Can you tell us about a project/event/moment that was a particular highlight of your personal/professional work?
Trying my first case in front of a jury was an exhilarating experience. I ran into one of the jurors from that case in a bar about a year later and got to ask him all sorts of questions about what the experience was like for him and get his impressions. So cool!
What song gets you moving and going when work gets hard?
Every morning in our home starts with “Alexa, play songs by Lizzo.” At work, it’s Cardi B and Beyonce.
What’s your favorite home-cooked dish?
Pretty much anything my mom makes. If I had to choose, it would be her halva (the Indian kind). I could eat that every day.
Ashima Aggarwal is a Queens-born Brooklyn resident who took brief detours to Ohio and Massachusetts before returning to her beloved New York City. Ashima is mom to brilliant young Nouri, married to lawyer and musician Konrad, and serves as Associate General Counsel and Vice President at the 200+ year old global publishing company John Wiley & Sons, Inc. At Wiley, she serves as the general counsel for Wiley’s Education Publishing business which includes Wiley’s book publishing businesses, businesses that provide professional development products and services and a global education technology business. Ashima has degrees in Art History and Political Science from Wellesley College and attended Boston College Law School. She is a voracious reader who loves sharing book reviews and recommendations and enjoys baking and wandering the streets of NYC.