Farook Sait

Conference Chair

Federal Asian Pacific American Council

Farook Sait, came from India for higher studies in 1963 and attended Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama. He completed his B.A. at Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, Maryland and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law. He became a member of the Maryland Bar Association and the U. S. Supreme Court in 1972. He was employed at the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) until 2012 where he served as Special Counsel to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights and Director, Office of Civil Rights, Food Safety & Inspection Service.

He started his professional career in 1972 in the Office of Equal Opportunity, USDA, and worked closely with the Department of Justice in litigation involving several states to ensure non-discrimination under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He has also worked with the EEOC on the report addressing employment discrimination faced by AAPIs in the federal government. He is a skilled mediator and has lectured internationally. He has conducted workshops for the Federal Dispute Resolution Conference, the Public Administration Forum, federal agencies and other organizations. He has also taught for Pepperdine University, Washington Adventist University and Central Michigan University.

He is very active in Indian American organizations and was a frequent guest and host on the popular TV program DARSHAN. He served two terms as President of the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), and two terms as President of the Organization of Professional Employees of the Department of Agriculture. He is on the Board of several organizations and lectures frequently. He is a recipient of numerous awards from USDA, Howard University School of Law, International Leadership Foundation, National Association of Professional Asian American Women, Conference of Asian Pacific American Leaders, Asian Pacific American Institute of Congressional Studies and other community organizations for his service to the community. He is married and has one son.