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Aneesha has 20 years of strategy and capacity building experience with nonprofits, for-profits, funders and academic institutions. She is a Limited Partner at How Women Invest and a Global Advisor at How Women Lead--most recently for the first ever Women Leaders for the World Abortion and Reproductive Health, Rights & Justice Fellows Program. Aneesha is an angel and venture investor whose areas of interest are women (of color) and other underrepresented founder-led start-ups, education and social impact. She is a consultant for start-ups, social impact organizations, 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. 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 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 invested in JusticeText, a POC woman-led and Black-led video evidence management software start up for the criminal justice system, along with Bloomberg Beta, Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn co-founder) and Aston Motes (employee #1 at Dropbox); earlier investors include Google Black Founders Fund and MIT Solve. Aneesha has also invested in Replit, an immigrant-led education coding platform.

Aneesha has built and led a course 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 Boards of Voice of Witness and the Homeless Prenatal Program as Governance Chair for both, and on the San Francisco Committee/Global Council of Human Rights Watch.

Aneesha has authored cases 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 accepted to Columbia University's PhD program in economics.

Aneesha was born in India, spent most of her childhood in Kenya and lives in San Francisco.

Full Article in SSIR:
Efficacy Before Scale