Sheela Murthy, Chair of the Board for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and President/CEO and Founder of Murthy Law Firm, has pledged $1 million to the American Immigration Council (AIC), the first attorney ever to do so.
Murthy’s vision and mission align closely with that of the AIC – to help present the positive aspects of U.S. immigration and the positive impact of immigrants in general to the United States.
Previously, Murthy had pledged $100,000 to the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF), the predecessor to the American Immigration Council. Once that contribution had been made, Murthy committed to a larger and longer pledge of $1 million over 20 years. Her goal for the pledge was two-fold: one was to help the AIC to focus on their work instead of fundraising, the other being to hopefully inspire fellow American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) members to make a similar commitment to the American Immigration Council.
Murthy and her husband, Vasant Nayak, founded the MurthyNAYAK Foundation soon after the events of September 11, 2001. The Foundation focuses on highlighting the positive contributions of immigrants to the U.S., supporting women’s and children’s rights and empowering children through education in the United States and their native India.