Our Team


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Neil Makhija, Executive Director

The son of Indian immigrants who made Pennsylvania’s coal country home, Neil Makhija is a public interest attorney and an educator. He teaches election law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has advised candidates and philanthropies in Pennsylvania and nationally, and was a Democratic candidate for the Pennsylvania legislature in 2016, outperforming the presidential ticket by 14 points in the district. As an attorney, Makhija has represented essential workers and communities impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Contact Neil at nmakhija@iaimpact.org.

Linto Thomas, Deputy Director

Linto is a seasoned political professional who has worked for Democratic campaigns and committees at the federal, state, and local level since 2012. He has extensive experience in political fundraising and has helped candidates raise millions of dollars in high profile races in California, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. He now works for IMPACT, a political advocacy group that focuses on increasing political engagement in the South Asian community. Linto was born in India, grew up in Philadelphia, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.