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KATE COCHRAN

Chief Executive Officer

Kate leads Upaya's global team, overseeing the organization's strategic direction and advocating for its work worldwide.

Experience: Vittana, Unitus, Global Philanthropy Group, Towers Perrin

Education: MBA, UCLA Anderson, BA, Stanford University

 
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Sachi Shenoy

Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder

Sachi oversees Upaya’s investment strategy, social performance, and thought leadership for the industry.

Experience: JP Morgan, SKS Microfinance, Unitus, Price Waterhouse, Smith Barney

Education: MBA and BA, University of Chicago

 
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Sreejith Nedumpully

Director, India

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 

 

JAYME HOMMER

Director, Development

Jayme works to raise the funds needed to bring life changing jobs to India's extreme poor

Experience: Georgetown University Medical Center, Unitus, Children's Tumor Foundation

Education: Certificate in Fundraising Management, University of Washington,  BS, University of Michigan

 
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Aparna Arora

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

 

 

Anuradha Jayaraman

Senior Associate, Business Development

Anuradha provides business advisory support to Upaya portfolio partners with a specific focus on financial management and planning.

Experience: Microsoft, PwC

Education: MBA,  Indian School of Business

 
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Laurel Curran

Senior 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

 
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Amit Choudhary

Associate, Financial Management

Amit provides finance and compliance support to Upaya's LiftUP Project portfolio partners, and also oversees accounting and regulatory reporting activities for Upaya's India operations.

Experience: Sanjay Mehta & Associates, Pyramid Consultants & Services Private Limited, Jain Ritesh & Company

Education: CA, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, MA, DAVV Indore

 

Specialists

Sue Chappell

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.

 

Kenny Rowe

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.