On April 6, 2006 a Hindu American Foundation Press Release reported, "The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Board of Directors retained Ms. Ishani Chowdhury of Washington D.C. as its first full-time Executive Director last week. Leaving her previous employment as a Lead Project Manager at a Washington, D.C. based software firm, Chowdhury takes over most major administrative, public relations and fundraising coordination tasks at HAF. In addition, she will utilize management experience to shepherd various ongoing long-term projects at HAF... Beyond supervising various ongoing human rights projects, media outreach efforts and database management Chowdhury’s tasks will include bringing a consistent Hindu American voice to Capitol Hill, the White House and non-governmental organizations in Washington, D.C. She will attend relevant hearings on the Hill, interact with congressional offices and oversee communications with such groups as the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Plans are on to open the first full-time office dedicated to Hindu American affairs in Washington, D.C. later this year."