Bina Sabapathy, President, India Association of Long Island

Bina Sabapathy, President, India Association of Long Island

Bina has demonstrated leadership through her service to the community for decades. She is a champion and steadfast supporter of children, especially the underprivileged.

As President of the India Association of Long Island, she along with her Community Outreach Team donated a large number of toys to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital for Kids with Cancer.

She also conducted successful Back Pack Drives for kids under Foster care for their summer camps. She has been involved with ‘Clothing Dress to Impress’ collecting all new and gently used clothing for people under public assistance for job interviews.

She has been passionately involved with IALI Food Drive, an ongoing Project for the past 22 years.

Bina is a commanding and dependable leader with a quiet yet unyielding approach, able to effect incredible change within the Indian American Community on Long Island. She has had extensive involvement with many organizations, such as Vedic Heritage, AWB Food Bank, Indian American Forum, India Day Parade, South Asian America Women’s Alliance, and Indo-American Festival Inc.

Bina is well recognized for her involvement with Indo-American Festival’s Inc., as a public relation chair for “Dusahra 2016” which attracted more than 4000 people. She is the driving force behind the celebration of ‘Ganesh Mahostav’, a major festival of India, in Hicksville.

After serving in various capacities, Bina currently is serving her second term as the president of the India Association of Long Island, the oldest and the largest organization of Indian Americans on Long Island for over 44 years, with more than 2500 members.

Bina made history by becoming a past president of 2017 and getting elected as president in 2022. Bina thanks her community and general membership for her getting elected for the second time.

Born and raised in a small town called Udupi, in Karnataka, a Southern State of India, Bina had her early education at St. Cecily’s Girls School. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at SPP College, Mysore University majoring in economics and history and minoring in sociology.

Bina cultivated her people skills and interest in serving others at a very young age growing up in a close-knit community, where everyone was an extended family.

Her interest in finance secured her a good job in a prestigious financial institution at a very young age, where she served for more than a decade. Bina migrated to the United States in the mid-1980s.

She was a successful entrepreneur for over two decades before she joined the Department of Social Services, an employment unit where she was able to help people to find employment through job fairs and public connections.

Married to an Engineer, Bina is the mother of 3 beautiful children, a lawyer, a doctor, and a psychology major undergraduate. Her hobbies include community service, reading, gardening, and singing.

Bina is a woman of strong faith and believes that ‘God takes you into deep water not to drown you but to cleanse you.’

Her volunteer engagement, and community service with a humble demeanor, and a ‘can-do’ attitude have helped her to tackle issues head-on and work to become the leader she so aptly portrays.


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