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Executive Director & Co-Founder
Sachi leads Upaya's global team, overseeing the organization's strategic direction and advocating for its work worldwide.
Experience: JP Morgan, SKS Microfinance, Unitus, Price Waterhouse, Smith Barney
Education: MBA and BA, University of Chicago
Director, Business Development
Sreejith heads up Upaya's LiftUP Project work including selection and support of the companies in Upaya's portfolio.
Experience: ROPE International (Co-Founder), IIT Madras, Villgro, Dhan Foundation
Education: PGDM, Tata-Dhan Academy, B. Tech, University of Calicut
Senior Manager, Community Partnerships
Rohini is responsible for accelerating Upaya's individual giving programs as well as managing community events.
Experience: d.light design, Urban Hues (Founder), Solix Technologies, Schlumberger.
Education: MBA, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, B.Sc (Chemistry) Delhi University.
Senior Associate, Business Development
Aparna provides business advisory support to Upaya portfolio partners with a specific focus on financial management and planning.
Experience: : Drishtee, Masan Group, McKinsey
Education: BA, University of Delhi, CFA Level II
Senior Associate, Business Development
Jyotsna provides business advisory support to Upaya portfolio partners with a specific focus on social metrics and impact assessment activities.
Experience: ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth
Education: MA, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, BA, University of Delhi
Associate, Development Operations
Laurel supports the Upaya team's fundraising efforts through research, grantwriting, donor relationship management, event management, and project management activities.
Experience: Initiative for Global Development , Oregon State Senate Legislative Aid
Education: BA, Willamette University
Finance & Compliance Specialist
As Upaya's Finance and Compliance Specialist, Sue manages the organization's accounting, financial management, and regulatory reporting activities. Much of Sue's recent career has been in nonprofit finance and accounting, having held similar roles with the Children's Institute for Learning Differences/ CHILD, Unitus, and the Springboard Alliance.
Sue holds an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Washington. An avid rower, she is a proud member of the Sammamish Rowing Association.
Jayme Hommer brings more than ten years of development experience to the Upaya team. As development specialist, she works to raise the funds needed to bring
Before joining Georgetown, Jayme spent five years at Unitus, a high-growth microfinance network that provided capacity building consulting services and access to capital for 27 microfinance institutions in the developing world. Previously, Jayme worked for the Children's Tumor Foundation, which raises funds to support scientific research on neurofibromatosis as well as programs to support children and families with neurofibromatosis.
Jayme holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the University of Washington.
Information Technology Specialist
As Upaya's MIS Specialist, Kenny brings expertise in leveraging new technologies, programs and strategies to drive growth to the organization and its partners. He is actively involved in designing systems to manage Upaya's social metrics data and constructing the organization's online presence.
In addition to his work with Upaya, Kenny Rowe is the e-Commerce manager for ExOfficio in Seattle, Washington where he has a track record of success in implementing creative and effective solutions to meet business objectives within the fields of e-commerce and information technology. A graduate of Seattle Pacific University and a northwest native, Kenny loves to travel and spend time outdoors.
Business Development Specialist
Vickram is supporting the development of financial management tools and trainings designed to enhance the capability of Upaya's LiftUP Project partners. He is also contributing to the organization's research and pipeline building activities. He brings to Upaya a mix of experience from the worlds of management consulting and development, and has a strong belief in the positive power of business.
Prior to Upaya, Vickram worked as an International Consultant in Addis Ababa with the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported organization under the Government of Ethiopia. At ATA, he focused on increasing private sector investments within agriculture in Ethiopia and strengthening the linkages to smallholder farmers to help ensure broader economic and social impact. Before moving to Ethiopia, Vickram worked for 3 years with Bain & Company in New Delhi leading a range of projects across sectors – from developing market entry strategies for chemical companies, to ensuring carbon neutrality certification for Bain. Vickram started his journey with double bottom-line institutions while at college, where he developed and implemented a project for the retail of sanitary pads – a business still operating in over 15 slums across New Delhi.
Vickram holds a Bachelors in Business Studies from the University of Delhi.