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Aneesha has approximately 20 years of strategic consulting and capacity building experience with nonprofits, for-profits, funders and academic institutions. She is currently Director of Strategic Initiatives at New Door Ventures and was a consultant for nonprofits and foundations independently and in partnership with firms like Public Equity Group where she coauthored an article on Efficacy Before Scale published in Stanford Social Innovation Review (September 2021). She was nominated to join The Hub, a consulting network that centers intersectional racial equity for grantees of the Haas, Jr. Fund and Packard Foundation and other programs. 

Aneesha is a Global Advisor at How Women Lead through the Women Leaders of the World Fellowship Program. She is an angel and venture investor whose areas of interest are women-led start-ups with a focus on women of color, education and social impact. Aneesha invested in ClearBrief, a woman-led legal tech start up, in a $3.5M Seed round led by Black-women led VC firm Reign Ventures with Court Lorenzini (former DocuSign CEO), Jack Newton (CEO of legal tech unicorn Clio), Amy Weaver (President of Salesforce), Hadi Partovi ( founder) and federal Judge Kate Vaughan. Other investors include Sequoia and Madrona Venture Group, and former Avvo CEO Mark Britton.

Aneesha has built and led a course materials publications initiative as a director for The Wharton School, worked as a vice president in internal strategy for JPMorgan Chase and as a consultant for both nonprofit and client-serving organizations including Homeownership SF, UNDP, Oxfam, KPMG Africa and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. Aneesha’s board and committee tenures include serving on the Board of Voice of Witness as Governance Chair, on the Board of the Homeless Prenatal Program as Governance Chair and on the San Francisco Committee/Global Council of Human Rights Watch.

Aneesha has authored case studies at The Wharton School and Stanford Graduate School of Business (available through Harvard Business Publishing). She has published a social justice novel and has been invited to speak and teach at literary conferences such as the Bookworm International Literary Festival in Beijing and the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali. She was a Finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction founded by Barbara Kingsolver. Aneesha has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MBA from The Wharton School. She was also accepted to a PhD program in Economics at Columbia University. Aneesha was born in India, spent most of her childhood in Kenya and lives in San Francisco.​

Full Article in SSIR:
Efficacy Before Scale