Team

Leadership Team

Leadership team for the Foundation comprises of professionals and career managers who are passionate about our cause. They bring rigor and process to the task of managing the endowment, screening applications, and delivering on the promises we make our awardees.

Monica Kachru

Board Chair

Monica believes education should be a right not a privilege. She wants all college-bound students to receive the hands-on support they need to succeed in their college career and further their professional and personal lives. 

Seasoned executive with a passion to drive high impact solutions to accelerate socio-economic growth and advance economic inclusion. Monica has worked extensively in key areas of clean energy and technology implementing innovative and cost-effective solutions to address long standing challenges. Monica is an active member of Sloan Women in Management, which promotes greater role of women in all sectors and advancement to leadership positions. Monica is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management.

Monica is the Board Chair and leads all aspects of the Foundation's efforts.

Neeta Ruhela

Board Member

Massachusetts native, Neeta Ruhela has believed in and worked towards everything empowering and mentoring women. Born in Calcutta, grown up in industrial town of Jamshedpur-India, Neeta moved to United States. After completing her graduate degree in engineering at University of Florida, she has been an active woman engineer for last 30 years. She has been an example to her family, friends, neighbors and community on what is possible. Mother of two bright girls, Neeta is passionate about STEM education and encouraging girls to pursue new horizons and much technology offers today. Neeta has worked in the community to raise funds for cancer patients, run bone marrow drives and mentored young girls in STEM.

Neeta leads the mentorship program at the Foundation.

Kara Anderson

Board Member

Kara Anderson is Project Manager and Director of Preservation at Architectural Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Boston that focuses on historic preservation. She is involved with all aspects of AHF’s work including development projects, property management and preservation consulting. Prior to AHF, Kara worked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and for the Office of the Governor in her native Connecticut. Her varied experience working in government and non-profit advocacy has given her perspective on the developer’s role in the community, valuable skills in consensus building, and a passionate belief in the cultural, environmental and economic benefits of preservation. Kara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Connecticut College and completed her Master of Arts degree in Preservation Studies at Boston University.

Kara manages all legal and financial activities for the Foundation.

Shailja Pathania

Shailja Pathania is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Personalized Cancer Therapy at University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research group focuses on breast and ovarian cancer with the goal of identifying novel prevention and therapeutic strategies for women with high predisposition to these cancers. She did her postdoctoral work at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and her graduate work at University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive experience training undergraduates and graduates, both as a teacher and a research mentor.

Shailja will bring this experience to help students who will become part of the Anaya Foundation family and looks forward to working closely with them and guiding them through these critical years. She will also serve as a liaison to help build partnerships between the Foundation and other like-minded organizations.

Vijay Ruhela

A global citizen, resident of Massachusetts, Vijay is passionate about applying engineering, technology and computing advances to real life opportunities. A graduate of University of Florida and Sloan School of Management Vijay advises startups and works on promoting financial literacy among youth.

Vijay is responsible for driving fund-raising activities for the Foundation to be able to scale the work of Foundation.

Justin Pelkowski

Justin serves as a Project Manager for the Foundation. He is responsible for all aspects of its operations and ensures the Foundation expands its reach efficiently and grows organically to better serve the community in the future. Justin cares deeply about empowering the youth and creating a holistic support network to maximize their academic, professional, and personal growth.

Outside of the Foundation, Justin is responsible for leading the development of multi-billion dollar infrastructure initiatives and often works closely with governmental agencies to further clean energy policy. He currently oversees technical, financial and legal aspects of offshore wind projects. Justin is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Rajeev Tipnis

Rajeev is a seasoned technologist, who is passionate about entrepreneurship. As a co-founder of two venture-backed software startups, Rajeev has been focused on building scalable and cutting edge technology products. He specializes in running large and distributed engineering teams: onshore as well as offshore (China, India). Rajeev received an MS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelors in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Delhi Institute of Technology.

Rajeev is responsible for managing all IT, infrastructure and administration activities of the Foundation.

Volunteers

Our volunteer friends who we count on, for their time and skills to help support the Foundation's activities.

Lucy Berrington

Lucy Berrington, MA (Modern History, University of Oxford) and MS (Health Communication, Tufts University School on Medicine), supports the ATF’s grant writing, social media, and other communications. Lucy is an editor and writer specializing in health. She is dedicated to influencing consumers, providers, and policymakers in ways that promote social justice and inclusion. As a board member of the Asperger Autism Network (AANE) and co-chair of its legislative advocacy committee, Lucy took a leading role in developing and advocating for the groundbreaking Omnibus Autism Law in Massachusetts, 2014.

Advisors

Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath is the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund. Gita is also the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics. She is co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala state (India), a co-editor at the American Economic Review, co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies. In 2014, she was named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the IMF and she was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011. Before coming to Harvard, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business.