PATRICIA DEVEREUX, Chair

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Patricia Devereux is a senior executive who moves comfortably and adeptly between the business and philanthropic communities. Known for her passion and commitment to MasterCard’s global philanthropic efforts, she was instrumental in the creation of the MasterCard Foundation, which is now the fourth largest private foundation in the world. 

As Executive Director, Global Philanthropy, she transformed MasterCard’s corporate philanthropy program into a global program helping to drive the company’s financial inclusion strategy. Her strategic oversight enabled MasterCard to deliver much-needed resources, education and support to individuals and communities while strengthening the capacity of MasterCard’s NGO partners. 

Prior to leading Global Philanthropy, she capitalized on her abilities and skills in analysis, planning and communications as a member of both the Finance and Law senior leadership teams reporting to MasterCard’s General Counsel and CFO. 

Patricia is an active advocate and contributor to multi-stakeholder initiatives that strive for transformational change. She is an adviser to for-profit and nonprofit organizations on business development, philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, economic empowerment and financial inclusion. She holds an MBA in Finance from Pace University and a BA in English from Rutgers University. 

Recently relocated to Seattle from New York, Patricia is also a member of the board of directors of the Snow Leopard Trust.

Sharmila Rathinam, vice Chair

Sharmila Rathinam is a business leader focused on business and financial management. She has over 20 years of experiences on project and budget management, streamlining business processes, setting goals and helping achieve them. She specializes in driving efficiencies, optimizing cost and scaling operations of businesses. In the last 20 years she has worked with Microsoft, Axa Financial Advisors, Ernst & Young and Anderson Consulting. Her last role was with Microsoft where she was managing business operations in the Microsoft Partner Group. She is also an entrepreneur managing several real estate development projects.

Over the past 10 years she has been involved with non-profits like Pratham, See Your Impact and Indian Association of Western Washington volunteering her time and helping raise awareness and funds for these causes.

Sharmila has her Bachelors in Commerce from the University of Madras and has her Chartered Accountancy Degree from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Chennai. 

anurag chandra, treasurer

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Anurag Chandra has been an active member of the Silicon Valley technology and venture capital community for over 15 years. Prior to joining NXT, he was Managing Partner of Gresham Partners, where he advised early-stage to mid-market technology companies seeking operational scale and several VC/PE funds on fundraising, fund management and deal flow.

Prior to that, Anurag served as a Managing Director at the Galleon Crossover Fund, where he focused on late-state equity investments in pre-IPO companies, and at Lighthouse Capital Partners, where he led investments in more than 40 companies and played a key role in managing a $366 million early and late-stage venture debt fund. Some of Anurag’s successful exits include Responsys (IPO), Airespace ($450 million sale to Cisco), Ironport ($830 million sale to Cisco), Vontu ($350 million sale to Symantec) and Modulus Video (sale to Motorola).

Before becoming an investor, Anurag held several leadership and operating roles in startups. In 2007, he cofounded De-Fi Mobile Ltd. and was an early board member. He also served as Vice President of Business and Corporate Development for Intraspect Software, Inc., which was acquired by Vignette Corporation, and as Vice President of Finance and Operations for NetDialog, Inc., which was acquired by Kana Communications. He was also an early advisor to Solazyme, Inc., a microbial photosynthesis company with renewable energy and biomaterials applications, which went public in 2011.

Anurag was recognized in The Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “40 under 40” feature in 2005. He is a graduate of Loyola Law School, where he was a St. Thomas More scholar, and earned a B.A. with honors in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University.

Among other activities, Anurag has been a lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and an academic advisor to several freshmen at Stanford. He is involved with social impact investing funds, serves on the board of directors for the Menlo-Atherton Little League and coaches an AAA team. Anurag lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two children. His hobbies include reading and playing golf.

Asawari RaoRane Agrawal

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Asawari's passion for the fight against Global Poverty stems from her personal experiences growing up in Kenya, India and Oman.

She has worked at organizations like Kiva, where she was responsible for growing and managing Kiva's network of Microfinance partners in Asia, as well as Unitus, a Microfinance Accelerator. At Unitus she held a variety of roles including building a peer learning network between the various Unitus partner organizations, managing donor initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and expanding Unitus' Indian portfolio.

Prior to Unitus, Asawari worked at McKinsey & Company in New York and San Francisco. Asawari holds a B.S. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

NATHAN BYRD

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As Head of Global Programs of Opportunity International, Nathan Byrd leads the organization’s global efforts in a diverse range of program areas aimed at reducing poverty by finding innovative ways to ensure solutions and products get into the hands of people in poor countries who need them most.

Nathan previously served as Head of Education Finance for Opportunity International, where he developed education-related financial tools for schools and families, forming strategic partnerships in the education sector, and expanding Opportunity’s four-country pilot program. 

Nathan was also Deputy Director of Operations for the International Rescue Committee in Kabul, Afghanistan, and previously served as vice president of Strategic Development at Covenant House where he started his career as director of their Latin America operations.

Nathan holds a master’s in global management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, an MBA from Indiana University and a bachelor’s in Spanish and English from Saint Louis University. He currently resides in London.

Kate Cochran

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Kate serves as Upaya's Chief Executive Officer. You can read more about her work and background here. 

Bulbul Gupta

As the Head of Market-Based Approaches at the Clinton Global Initiative, Bulbul Gupta works with corporations, non-profits, government, private citizens, and family foundations that rely on the power of markets and market mechanisms to address social and environmental challenges. Bulbul works with member organizations on topics ranging from financial inclusion at the base of the pyramid, small-and-medium size enterprise growth and innovation, impact investing, and redefining the future of capitalism. She also serves on the Global Advisory Council for Cornerstone Capital Group.

Previously, Bulbul was an Assistant Director at The Asia Foundation, managing a portfolio of projects at 19 field offices in Asia—designing, implementing, and monitoring programs for economic reform, women’s empowerment, disaster recovery, environmental management, and more. Prior to this, she worked with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's Population and Development program, as a Presidential Management Fellow at USAID on policy and strategy, and on and off Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, international development, trade and investment, economic development, foreign policy and diplomacy, budgeting, advocacy, and government relations.

Bulbul did her B.A. in International Affairs at The George Washington University, and an M.P.P. at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Dipika Matthias

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Dipika Matthias is currently the Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Coffee Flour, a start-up that has turned coffee pulp, a by-product of the coffee milling industry, into a productive asset that has the potential to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers, reduce environmental degradation within coffee-producing communities, and enhance global nutrition.

In the 14 years previous to this role, Dipika worked at PATH, an international non-profit organization that creates culturally relevant and sustainable innovations to break longstanding cycles of poor health in the developing world. Most notably, she was the Director of PATH's Global Health Innovation Hub, a strategic initiative to accelerate access to technologies of global health importance through partnerships with drivers of local innovation ecosystems, starting in India and South Africa. In the prior five years, Dipika was the Director of PATH’s Ultra Rice project, a program to develop the technology, markets, and distribution channels for integrating fortified rice into the diets of the malnourished worldwide. In that role, she managed a global team across several countries. Dipika also has a wide range of experience in forging public/private partnerships to advance, commercialize, and ensure global access to novel vaccine and immunization-related technologies for populations in need.

Before joining PATH, Dipika was the Director of Business Analytics at a subsidiary of Merck, a role that followed several years with the World Bank. She has many publications on topics ranging from vaccine delivery to market introduction of global health technologies to the role of information technology in improving health. Dipika holds an M.B.A. from Yale and a B.S. in Management Engineering (electrical engineering concentration) from the University of Vermont.

Abhilash Mudaliar

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Abhilash Mudaliar has been active in the impact investing and social enterprise space for over 12 years. He began his journey in this industry at Unitus in India, focused on helping commercialize and scale the fledgling microfinance industry. Since then he has spent time as an impact investor at Elevar Equity, a social entrepreneur within Hippocampus Group, and an education policy researcher at the World Bank.

Currently, Abhilash is Director of Research at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). The GIIN is a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world. Research at the GIIN focuses on market trends, activity, performance and practice in impact investing.

Abhilash began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Abhilash studied Political Science and Finance at the University of Melbourne and Development Economics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

STEVE SCHWARTZ

Steve is a marketing communications professional who has spent much of his career telling the stories market-based development programs around the world. Currently the Corporate Social Responsibility Marketing Manager for Tableau Software, Steve is helping to build the Tableau Foundation and promote the company’s efforts to help nonprofits around the world see and understand their data.

Additionally, Steve is one of Upaya’s co-founders and spent the organization’s first five years building its operations and managing its marketing communications, public relations, and fundraising work. During that time he also worked with Upaya's partners develop their own marketing strategies and communication tools.

Prior to the launch of Upaya, Steve promoted the growth of microfinance institutions in India and East Africa as the Public Affairs Manager with the Seattle-based nonprofit Unitus. He is also a former Peace Corps volunteer, having served two years in the West African nation of Benin as a Small Enterprise Development volunteer. Steve began his marketing career in public relations with the New York-based Walek & Associates representing investment banking, financial law, hedge fund and private equity clients.

Steve holds an M.A. in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University, and a B.A. in History from the University of Western Ontario.

Sachi Shenoy

 

Sachi serves as Upaya's Chief Innovation Officer. You can read more about her work and background here. 

BINA SHUKLA

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Bina is the founder and executive director of Ahana, an organization aimed at nurturing tomorrow's leaders through integral leadership development programs for highly capable girls.

Previously, Bina was a Technical Account Manager at Microsoft where she served on the board of Hoppers (Women@Microsoft) and the Diversity and FlexImpact Committees and helped plan Microsoft’s first Women’s Conference. Prior to working with Microsoft, Bina founded Grassroots Systems and worked as a Software Engineer at Nimble Technology.

Bina has been heavily involved in fundraising efforts at Seattle Country Day School (SCDS) and led initiatives bringing in significant funds for the school. She is also involved in community building efforts at SCDS as the Parent Education Committee lead.

Bina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Washington and diploma in Electronics Engineering & Computer Applications from Govt. Polytechnic, India.

Robin Wolaner

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Robin Wolaner is the Chief Operating Officer of WeCare Solar, a pioneering nonprofit working to insure that every mother can give birth with essential power and light. She is an executive with broad experience in startups and managing companies. She was the CEO of Vittana, a nonprofit which pioneered higher education loans in the developing world, and she remains on Vittana’s board after the company’s partnerships were absorbed by Kiva. She is the author of Naked in the Boardroom: A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career (Simon & Schuster 2005). In 1985, she founded Parenting magazine, the most successful magazine launch of the decade and later sold to Time Inc. Parenting’s founding is documented in one of the most popular case studies by Harvard Business School.

Her career encompasses publisher of Mother Jones Magazine; heading magazine development for Time Inc.; CEO of Sunset Publishing; executive vice president of CNET; founding TeeBeeDee, a social network for people over 40; and a dvising early-stage tech startups. She has been on the board of directors of Credo Mobile, the social-impact company formerly known as Working Assets, since 2000. Robin holds a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

 

previous Board Members

Sonny Garg

 

Eliza Kelly

 

Melissa Lehman

 

Deepika Mogilishetty

 

Caroline Vance