Board of Directors

Sakhi Board 2014

Sakhi’s Board of Directors helps to drive the organization’s strategic programming, growth, and mission fulfillment. Our board actively assists in Sakhi’s development through regular meetings, project-based support, brainstorming, and sharing resources. The current board members enhance Sakhi’s work by bringing forward a diversity of professional and life experiences. Each of Sakhi’s board members serves 1-year term, which are renewable up to 6 years.

Manisha MehrotraBoard Chair, is a subject matter expert in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), Communications and Organizational Change. Currently, she’s a Diversity and Inclusion Specialist at Bloomberg, where her primary responsibilities include the implementation of the Global Diversity and Inclusion strategy. She brings innovation and tenacity to designing and delivering strategic D&I solutions that drive organizational change. Prior to joining Bloomberg, she was at New York Life for ten years where she worked in Communications, Operations, Management and Corporate Diversity & Inclusion actively managing strategies to build and retain a diverse an inclusive workforce.

She is a mentor and coach to students and professionals through a variety of programs and initiatives. She earned a Diversity Management Certificate from Cornell University and has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Communications from the University of Connecticut. She’s inspired by Sakhi’s mission and is enthusiastic about bringing her curiosity, and determination as a change agent to the organization. Contact our Board Chair at manisha.mehrotra@sakhi.org.

Lakshmi Rao SankarVice-Chair, brings to Sakhi a strong commitment to women’s issues and extensive experience in non-profit governance. Earlier, she served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Eden II programs in New York for 6 years, and has over 10 years of Board experience. She is also a founding member of Talking Cranes, an online community for South Asian women. Her career experience includes Human Resource Management in the software industry, and her areas of specialization include organization culture, training and performance management. She has an MBA from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India, and an MA in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India. She has spent many years consulting for the not-for-profit community, and her areas of expertise are Governance and Development.

Neeta Rastogi Singh, Board Treasurer, brings a strong commitment and passion for both the South Asian community and women’s rights.  She joined Sakhi as a volunteer in 2009 when she completed the training program.  Her first exposure to Sakhi was at the University of Pennsylvania where she co-founded a support group for South Asian women students in order to bring awareness to the South Asian community about abuse and to provide support to survivors in the University community.  Sakhi was an inspiration to the group.

Neeta has spent the bulk of her career in the investment industry at Goldman Sachs, General Atlantic Partners and MSD Capital.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard University.  Inspired by her work with Sakhi, she is very excited to continue her work on the Board of Directors and hopes to bring to bear her finance and operational background in her responsibilities.

Deepika Mandrekar, Board Secretary, brings a remarkable depth and breadth of experience in community service in South Asia and the non-profit sector across Asia and USA. She has served as a teacher and  counselor at the American School of Bombay.  However, her primary passion lies in serving the cause of under privileged women and children. Prior to Sakhi, Deepika was actively involved in several foundations focused on education for lower income families. Her experience ranges from grass-root volunteer work with teachers, students and their families, to designing and administering school curricula and programs. She also served as Education Director in managing a large, multi-school system for the Aseema Charitable Foundation, India. She still continues to serve as an honorary advisor to non-profit educational institutions in India and brings to the table a strong network of professionals in the non-profit sector. Her experience also includes engaging large corporations for philanthropic sponsorship and serving as a practitioner expert in a Public Private Partnership education program sponsored by Mckinsey & Co Consulting with the Municipal Corporation of Mumbai, India. Deepika is a mother of two children and also serves on the upper school board at Fieldston High School, NY. Her academic qualifications include an  M.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Education from Duquesne University, USA.

Meeta Anand brings over 10 years of working with non-profits to the board of Sakhi as well as her background of research in the human rights field, particularly with respect to women’s rights in India. As a native of NYC, Meeta is committed to giving back to the community and has served on various boards of organizations focused on South Asia and/or women’s issues. After working as a banker for several years, Meeta attended Harvard Law School and is now a senior associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group at White & Case LLP.   Her other degrees include a B.A. from Tufts University in Politics and Economics and an M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, with a focus on Human Rights and International Trade and Finance.

Rashmi Luthra brings to Sakhi over 20 years of deep commitment to women’s issues and a passion for gender equality. Rashmi graduated cum laude from Tufts University and went on to receive her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.

At Tufts University, Rashmi was President of the Women’s Collective where she organized Take Back the Night marches, facilitated weekly campus discussion groups and brought speakers to campus to discuss current issues related to gender politics. She was awarded the Dean’s Award for Women and Leadership. She also volunteered at Transition House, the East Coast’s first domestic violence shelter.

From 2001 until 2010, Rashmi worked as a staff attorney at Queens Legal Services Corporation (QLSC) where she represented survivors of domestic violence in legal proceedings involving orders of protection, custody, visitation, support, and matrimonial actions in Family and Supreme Courts. She also participated in legal divorce clinics for pro se litigants. She is fluent in Hindi.

Deepti Mittal, Member of the Board and Fund-Raising Committee, brings a substantial interest, commitment, and experience with non-profit organizations and the South Asian community. These organizations include the Friends of St. Catherine’s Park, located on the Upper East Side; Sanskriti, an Institute for Indian Culture; and The Dalton School. She has used her expertise to expand the membership of various organizations and to organize very successful fund raising campaigns. Deepti has long admired the work Sakhi has done to empower women. She has been happy to be a part of several Sakhi events in the past. She now looks forward to further increasing an awareness about Sakhi and its various programs to individuals and within the corporate world. Deepti received a BA in Psychology from the Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi, India. She subsequently completed a MBA in Marketing and International Trade Relations.

Nandini Mongia brings a strong commitment to Sakhi and the vitally important work it does in our community.  She joined Sakhi as a volunteer advocate in 2002 and witnessed first-hand the positive impact it has had on the lives of survivors.  Ms. Mongia is currently a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank in New York.  She has over 15 years of experience providing strategic advisory and investment banking services to insurance industry clients in the U.S.  While each project is necessarily bespoke, they each leverage her experience as trusted advisor in evaluating financial impact, developing strategies and negotiating tactics to achieve deal objectives and managing various stakeholder considerations.  Prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2011, she has previously worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers, in Business Planning at Goldman Sachs and as a strategy management consultant at Gemini Consulting. Ms. Mongia received an MBA from the University of Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the University of Delhi.

Shilpa Mullan is a Director of Product Development at Genscape in New York which is part of the DMG Group based in London.  She is responsible for managing strategic relationships in the power generation trading sector.  Ms. Mullan has worked in the oil, gas and electricity markets for over 15 years. She has worked on building trading tools, developing strategy , and run business development and client services. She has previously worked at Thomson Reuters (2000-2002), Morningstar/LIM (2002-2012). Ms. Mullan has also worked as a Vice President in Business Development with Sungard Financial in their North American Power Trading group (2012-2015) before joining Genscape. Ms. Mullan holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Buffalo in Computer Engineering and Finance.

Chandni Prasad brings to Sakhi over 15 years of commitment to and experience in the non profit sector in Asia and the United States.  She is committed to strengthening programs in economic empowerment for women through her academic and professional work on the informal economic sector and microfinance.  Chandni began her work with Sakhi in supporting the Economic Empowerment Program through the Swarna Fund and is committed to ending violence against women through educational programs and advocacy.  Professionally, Chandni worked at the Synergos Institute in New York as Program Officer to establish and run the Asia Program.  She previously worked at other non profit organizations and UN Agencies in Thailand and New York.  She received her B.A in International Relations and Economics from Boston University and MAs in Applied Anthropology (Teachers’ College, 2007) and Economic and Political Development (SIPA, Columbia University, 1996).

Kulsoom Saeed, originally from Pakistan, completed her schooling with honors at Mt. Holyoke College, the London School of Economics, and Columbia University. Ms. Saeed’s professional career started in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she worked at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, the United Nations Development Program, and then at ABN-Amro Bank. She subsequently joined JP Morgan in New York and stayed with the bank until a family move to San Francisco. Ms. Saeed enjoys painting as a hobby and has received formal instruction in art at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the Parsons School of Design. An avid traveler, Kulsoom has visited some three dozen countries across five continents. She lives with her family in Manhatan.

Krupa Sharma brings to Sakhi a deep commitment and passion for social justice and the healthcare, welfare and education of the South Asian community.  She has been a Sakhi volunteer and advocate since 2002, serving on various benefit committees and consulting on strategy and program direction.  Through her family foundation, she has supported Sakhi and other South Asian organizations for over twelve years, focusing specifically on Sakhi’s innovative Economic Empowerment and Court Interpreter programs.  Krupa has over fifteen years of work experience in the health and welfare space, consisting of various roles within acute care, practitioner and consulting groups.  She has also worked as an advocate for terminally ill children within the acute care setting, giving her a unique perspective on family issues.  She has her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.