Sushma is a first generation American who was raised in the Bay Area and moved to Portland in 2012. After graduating from the University of Michigan, Sushma became a union organizer, first with AFSCME and then later with UFCW. Over the next ten years, Sushma helped a diverse range workers—from sanitation workers to university staff to retail workers—organize unions to improve the material conditions of their lives. Sushma joined Unite Oregon as the Field Director in 2018 in order to help marginalized communities and people of color build power. She lives in North Portland with her husband.