Lina Lalwani


Circles Community Specialist, Lean In

Lina was born and raised in San Jose, California. As the proud daughter of Indian and Japanese immigrant parents, she carries deep love of her Asian American identity, the South Bay, and the people that have shaped her to be the person she is today. Currently, Lina works as the Circles Community Specialist at Lean In, a global community dedicated to helping women achieve their ambitions. Here, she has the honor of supporting the Lean In Circles program, a community in which more than 50,000 women have started Circles in 184 countries. Lina received her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and Public Policy from Brown University. During college, she was a Fellow in the Brown in Washington program and also interned at the California State Assembly through a university scholarship. In addition, she conducted independent research on multiethnic Asian Americans, which she presented at the 2017 Critical Mixed-Race Studies Conference at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her fondest memories come from performing around the New England area as a proud member of her collegiate Japanese drumming group, Gendo Taiko. At home, Lina has been deeply impacted by San Jose’s Japantown. Indeed, Japantown’s incredible community leaders and rich history inspired her to pursue a career in gender and racial equity. She continues to remain involved by helping coordinate San Jose’s Nikkei Community Internship, a program connecting young people to the local community. In her free time, Lina enjoys spending moments of joy with her family, friends, and amazing dog, Kuri. In the future, she looks forward to seeing more loved ones in person and exploring more of the world.