Heather joined the Upaya team as the Marketing and Communications Manager in 2017. She manages Upaya’s web and social media presence, oversees the blog and newsletter, and is responsible for Upaya’s communications calendar and donor relations.
Prior to joining Upaya, Heather served a variety of nonprofit clients as an Account Executive at the marketing agency, Masterworks. Her experience includes managing a wide array of multi-channel marketing and fundraising campaigns, engaging and connecting donors with organizations that match their philanthropic goals.
Heather holds a BA in Communications and Psychology from Augustana College, IL.
Manan Majithia’s company, YouCare, provides training in caregiving services to young and low-income women and connects them with jobs as medical attendants and nannies.
Western Odisha Is one of the poorest regions of India. But that’s what drew Ambika Satapathy and Sadananda Satapathy to the region to empower small scale farmers and tribal women in the region.
Dr. Kavitha Sairam has had a passion for science since a very young age. That’s why she’s on a mission to use science to address global farming problems, particularly the issues surrounding biofertilizers.
Vinay Kothari’s company, GO DESi, is an Indian confectionery brand that sells candies and treats inspired by regional flavors in Indian cuisine. All of GO DESi’s products are sourced, packaged and branded by the farmers who grow them.
Founded by Rakesh and Namita in 2014, GramShree’s mission is to establish an innovative marketing system to market the produce of poor, rural families in India.
The Taank Brothers aim to create self-sustaining employment opportunities by helping tribal farmers farm and sell Kadaknath poultry on a commercial level. Read more about their aptly named social enterprise, TaankBrothers Ventures. >>
On July 20, 2018, Kate Cochran and Sachi Shenoy, gave an update on Upaya's portfolio and jobholder metrics at the Upaya Breakfast Briefing, hosted at Global Washington. Watch a recording of the event which was streamed live on Facebook!
Aneel Kumar Ambavaram grew up in a Kadapa, a village in India known for its labor-intensive sweet orange cultivation. He left is 15-year corporate career to uplift sweet orange farmers, creating new sources of income for the poorest of the poor.
When Selvakumar Varadharajan, founder and Chief Executive of Laymen Agro Ventures settled in Bangalore to start a family, he and his wife soon began to long for the farm-fresh produce and dairy of their childhood that was not available in urban India. This prompted them to move back to Coimbatore to start a venture that would provide urban citizens with access to fresh agro-products while improving the livelihoods of small-holder farmers and rural youths in the process.
Upaya's second accelerator program, focused on the agribusiness industry in India, successfully launched with a workshop in Bangalore on June 1.