Business Leader, Grammy-nominated Artist and Humanitarian
Chandrika Tandon is a business leader, Grammy-nominated artist and humanitarian.
A former partner of Mckinsey and Company, Ms. Tandon founded and chairs her advisory firm, Tandon Capital Associates, focusing on measurable transformation of institutions to excellence. Additionally, she chairs the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation, which supports women, education and the arts; and Soul Chants Music a non profit music label.
Ms. Tandon is a recognized leader in the worlds of business, education, and the arts , dedicated to public service. At New York University, she is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the President’s Global Council, and Chair of the Board of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She serves on the Boards of the NYU Stern School of Business and the NYU Langone Health System. In recognition of her efforts on behalf of higher education, she was inducted as a Harold Acton Fellow at NYU and a Sterling Fellow at Yale where she also serves on the President’s Global Council . She also is a member if the President’s Council of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Chandrika is a member of the Board of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, and the Presidential Advisory Council at the Berklee College of Music She was named an Inaugural Distinguished Alumnus of both the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Madras Christian College, her two alma maters.
Ms. Tandon's album, Soul Call topped world music charts, garnering great acclaim and earning a Grammy nomination. She has released four albums bringing together ancient sanskrit chants, with classical Indian music and global sounds including jazz and western classical. Her “limpid, serene voice” - as the New York Times describes it - has been heard at major venues around the world, including Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, Olympiastadion, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and the 2016 World Culture Festival in New Delhi, supporting efforts towards peace and harmony.
She has been actively supporting the community outreach activities of Hindu Temples in The US and founded a community choir of seniors which she ran for several years.
Ms. Tandon has received several awards for integrity and leadership: the Gallatin Medal - New York University’s highest honor for outstanding contributions to society, the Walter Nichols Medal for leadership and integrity, and the Polytechnic Medal - recognizing her involvement in science and engineering. She is a member of the 2020 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the 2020 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Speaker of the VA House of Delegates
Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, the first woman in the 400-year history of Virginia’s Legislature to hold the position, rose to this role after representing the 41st House District for a decade, making her the fastest person to ascend to the post. The 41st District includes parts of Fairfax, Fairfax Station, and West Springfield.
Speaker Filler-Corn’s passion for service shines through her tireless work to make the Commonwealth of Virginia a better place to live, work and raise a family. Her commitment to improving the lives of her neighbors is what drove her to run for the House of Delegates. She has spent her time in the legislature as a listener and problem solver, delivering results that move her community forward and advocating for everyone equally regardless of background, circumstance, or ideology. She has introduced, championed, and passed legislation that has made Virginia a safer, stronger, and more equal Commonwealth.
Hearing from her constituents that traffic and congestion in Northern Virginia were increasingly becoming a burden on their daily lives, Speaker Filler-Corn made fixing our transportation system a priority when she took office. As a member of the House Transportation Committee from 2011-2018 and a member of the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, the Speaker actively fought for years to improve transit in the Commonwealth. In 2020, the Speaker carried the Omnibus Transportation Modernization Bill. Among many other important provisions, this legislation ensures the Commonwealth’s transportation fund remains solvent and supports vital infrastructure to secure much-needed traffic relief for her constituents. The Speaker has consistently advocated for funding for the two Virginia Railway Express (VRE) stations in House District 41 (Rolling Road and Burke Centre), giving her constituents an additional option when traveling to and from Washington, D.C. After learning of the strain transportation costs were having on Virginia’s disabled veterans, the Speaker led the 2020 effort to pass a constitutional amendment exempting 100% service-disabled veterans’ main motor vehicle from personal property taxes. In the 2020 November election, this amendment was overwhelmingly passed by voters.
The Speaker was an active PTA board member while her children were students in the Fairfax County Public Schools. She understands the increasing need for additional K-12 funding in Virginia and is committed to improving schools and raising teacher pay in the Commonwealth. She has previously passed legislation making required higher education course materials, such as textbooks, more affordable, giving more Virginians the chance to succeed in post-secondary institutions. The Speaker also led the successful effort requiring the meaning of consent to be included in family life curriculum taught in Virginia’s high schools.
At the core of the Speaker’s commitment to her community is her commitment to keeping them safe. And there is no greater public threat than the gun violence epidemic crippling our country. That is why in 2018, following the horrific mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Speaker Filler-Corn co-chaired the Safe Virginia Initiative Task Force. This first-of-its-kind commission spent nearly a year listening to Virginians across the Commonwealth about how to combat gun violence. The policy recommendations issued by the Safe Virginia Initiative Task Force in January 2019 played an important role in 2020 as Virginia took long-needed action to combat this public safety crisis. During the 2020 General Assembly session, Speaker Filler-Corn helped shepherd seven of the Governor’s eight gun violence prevention bills to make the Commonwealth a safer place for all Virginians.
Speaker Filler-Corn has made passing legislation that protects the rights of women in her district and around the Commonwealth a major focus of her time in the House. The Speaker sponsored the 2017 Birth Control Access Act, which mandates pharmacists provide women a full year supply of birth control pills if prescribed and permitted by a doctor. This crucial legislation better empowers women to better plan their lives, careers and families. She has also been a fearless leader in addressing sexual assault on college campuses by passing a requirement that any member of college law enforcement. investigating a sexual assault undergo trauma-informed sensitivity training. The Speaker has been an outspoken advocate in stopping invasive, anti-choice measures such as the transvaginal ultrasound requirement. And, in 2020 Speaker Filler-Corn presided over the House of Delegates when Virginia became the 38th state necessary to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Speaker Filler-Corn recognizes a pillar of a strong community is a strong economy. To keep up with the ever-changing needs of Virginia’s economy, Speaker Filler-Corn has a record of introducing and passing laws that cut down on red tape for small business in the Commonwealth. Her leadership in the House of Delegates played a major role in Virginia being named America’s Top State for Business for the second consecutive time in 2021 – the first state to achieve this ranking back-to-back. She has also been a leader on workforce development, serving as Chair of Jobs for Virginia’s Graduates. This program assists at-risk and disadvantaged youth graduate from high school and find well-paying jobs.
The Speaker also knows our economy works best when it works for everyone. That is why Speaker Filler-Corn worked with her constituents to introduce and champion the passage of the Virginia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. This law made it possible for individuals with disabilities and their families to open tax-free savings accounts, similar to 529 college savings accounts, so they can save for important future living expenses such as education, housing and transportation. This groundbreaking legislation established Virginia as a national leader and the first state to implement the ABLE Act after federal authorizing language was passed.
Accessibility to quality health care, especially for low-income Virginians, is a major concern in the Speaker ’s district and throughout the Commonwealth. For years, the Speaker worked tirelessly to close the Medicaid coverage gap for less fortunate Virginians. And while she and her Democratic colleagues were not successful at first, in 2018, she was proud to help deliver health care coverage for 400,000 Virginians when Governor Northam signed Medicaid Expansion into law.
The Speaker’s career has been devoted to public service. She was an original organizer of the Million Mom March, acting as the Vice President and Chairman of the Northern Virginia chapter in 2001. Prior to her election to the House, she also served in the administrations of Governors Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.
The Speaker and her husband Bob live in Springfield and remain active members of the same community in which they raised their two children, Jeremy and Alana.
CEO, Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC.
Ms. Keerthi Swamy is the CEO of Big East Metals, East Coast Metals, and M & C Metals, privately owned scrap metal recycling companies, in the DMV area. The companies serve demolition, construction contractors, manufacturers, tradesmen, and families across the country. Ms. Swamy has grown the business tremendously by providing excellent service and competitive pricing thus generating long-term relationships while helping the environment. She believes in the motto, One person’s trash (scrap) is another person’s treasure.
Ms. Swamy is an electronics & communications engineer by profession and has an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University. In her previous careers, she worked at a Ministry of Defense firm in India and at Hughes Network Systems in Maryland, designing and leading the development of Satellite Communication Systems. She holds a patent in a hardware electronic design.
She is a philanthropist and is actively involved in the community. She is the VP of NCAIA, Inc. a non-profit organization that celebrates Indian culture and its history. She is also the Secretary of the premier non-profit organization, US India SME Council, whose vision is to support and assist the growth of Small & Medium Businesses in the US and in India. She is a Managing Member of AmeriKan Management Company, an investment company. She was the producer of a super hit, Kannada Indian movie called Addhuri.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Housing/Federal Housing Administration at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Lopa P. Kolluri serves as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Housing and the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role, Ms. Kolluri is the senior leader responsible for the Office’s policies, programs, and operations supporting homebuyers, homeowners, multifamily residents, and housing counselors. Kolluri is also responsible for the Office’s oversight of manufactured housing and FHA’s Single Family, Multifamily, and Healthcare mortgage insurance programs.
With over 25 years of experience in affordable housing and community and economic development in both the public and private sectors, Kolluri served from 2011 to 2013 as Deputy Chief of Staff to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. Prior to rejoining HUD in February 2021, Kolluri was the Chief Development and Operating Officer for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the nation’s fourth largest public housing authority serving nearly 80,000 public housing residents.
Kolluri has broad knowledge and experience in executive-level management of housing policy, operations, and transactions. Prior to her role at the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Kolluri held leadership roles at multifamily development and management companies Pennrose and Community Investment Strategies, Inc. She also served as the Assistant State Treasurer for Economic Development for the state of New Jersey, and the Director of Housing and Community Resources for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Early in her career, Kolluri was a staff member of the Fannie Mae Foundation where she focused on a broad range of homeownership issues including anti-predatory lending, the importance of housing counseling, and effective homebuyer education.