Meet Volunteer Advocate Mandeep Chatha

Mar 26 2014

By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

Mandeep Chatha-Homer  was born in India and immigrated to the United States at a young age. She was raised mostly in Fort Worth and moved to Austin to attend the University of Texas where she studied Government, Asian-American Studies and Philosophy.

Mandeep returned to Austin after recieving her law and MBA degrees at Texas Tech and currently works as a Partner at Cross Oak Group, a lobbying and business development firm.  She’s a member of The Junior League of Austin, the State Bar of Texas as well as several other groups in town. She was also selected to the State Bar of Texas Leadership Academy for 2014.

Mandeep learned about CASA through her time volunteering at the Austin Children’s Shelter. “I saw so many CASA volunteers there and the kids really seemed to have a positive experience with CASA,” said Mandeep.

She feels that if CASA volunteers weren’t on cases, there would be huge cracks in an already complicated child welfare system. “I think about how difficult life already is for these kids. They could be lost in the system if CASA wasn’t there.”

Mandeep has always had an affinity towards volunteering with kids and greatly appreciates the tangible connection she can make working one on one with children on her CASA cases. “In a lot of ways you’re really in charge of them, making sure they’re safe.”