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ElectionsAnu Nakka becomes first Indian-American elected to public office in Milpitas

Anu Nakka becomes first Indian-American elected to public office in Milpitas

Anu Nakka has been elected to the Milpitas Unified School District’s (MUSD) Board of Education. She is the first Indian-American ever to have been elected to public office in Milpitas. 

“I honestly didn’t expect so much support,” said Nakka in an interview with The Beat. “But I think it’s time for change. It’s time for collaboration and for teamwork.”  

As a child, Nakka found that she was naturally keen on education—always looking to learn new things and grow in any way she could. She loved immersing herself in the study of different languages, and was always active in extracurricular activities. She also participated in learning traditional folk dances, alongside her formal education. 

As Nakka’s grown older, her love of education has only blossomed. She has served on various PTAs and been deeply involved in supporting both her daughters’ schools in any way she can. Her youngest is an 8th-grader at Rancho Middle School; her oldest is a senior at Milpitas High. 

When Nakka moved from India to Milpitas in 2001 to be with her husband, she could’ve never, in a million years, imagined the life that she has currently… 

“I never expected I would reach what I am today,” said Nakka. “When I came to this country, I didn’t know how much potential and how many resources would be offered to us. It’s a huge deal, and it feels very rewarding.”  

Although she’s a newcomer to the Milpitas political scene, Nakka was still able to receive support from various elected officials and community leaders. When asked what was behind her ability to attract support and ultimately win the election, she had 3 key words: “Walk, knock, and talk.”  

“Talking to people one-on-one made a huge impact and difference during my campaign,” shared Nakka. “I think it’s about connecting with people…” 

Nakka gets officially sworn in next month, and plans to jump right into the job on Day One. She knows that it will initially be a learning process. 

“I want to listen and learn before anything else,” said Nakka.

Along with Nakka, Chris Norwood and Kelly Yip-Chuan were also re-elected to their seats on the school board. 

“I would like to thank everyone who has believed in me, trusted in my initiatives, and been out there supporting and walking,” stated Nakka. “I was amazed by all of the volunteers and Milpitains. A huge shout-out and thank you to all of them.”

Nakka also wished to offer something she learned after having gone through her campaign—some meaningful words of wisdom: 

“This country has given me a lot. And it’s never too late for anybody. If you want to do something, to give your bit of contribution, it’s never too late.”  

Anu Nakka gets sworn in on December 13.



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Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro is the winner of a 2022 Golden Quill Award for her Education journalism. She works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works mostly with nonprofit organizations and educational entities to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also the author of “Fierce Woman: Wake up your Badass Self” and “Magic Within: Womb-Centered Wisdom to Realize the Power of Your Sacred Feminine Self.” Her YouTube channel features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief.

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