Updated 5:16 p.m.
Starting Sept. 30, Monika Kalra Varma will assume the role of executive director of the D.C. Bar's pro bono program, the Bar announced Wednesday.
The program assists low-income residents, small businesses and community-based nonprofits in the District of Columbia by providing legal advice and representation. Varma will take over for Maureen Thornton Syracuse, who is set to retire.
Currently, Varma serves as director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, where she oversees its day-to-day operations, administers the budget and manages long-term organizational strategies.
D.C. Bar Chief Executive Officer Katherine Mazzaferri said that Varma would give the program a fresh look with her creativity.
“Monika is a leader and she has terrific relevant experience that she can bring to bear on a program that we have that is quite wonderful,” Mazzaferri said. “The combination will help us move the program forward in a really great way.”