Sujata brings over 20 years of nonprofit experience to enhance the impact of philanthropy – foundations, donors and social change organizations. She has managed nonprofit organizations, led a community foundation, and advised others in strategic planning, grantmaking, evaluation and research.
Sujata has expertise in organizational development, fundraising, and team building. She has extensive experience turning around organizations with deficits to building reserves; improving employee retention; and establishing organizations as thought leaders in their fields.
She currently serves as a Senior Fellow with pfc social impact advisors, a global social investment consultancy where she is working on research and strategy impacting people living in poverty, community resilience, and climate change, among other issues.
Most recently, Sujata served as President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women from 2011-2019, a grantmaking organization focused on basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls in the greater Chicago area. She led the Foundation through double digit growth, managing a strategic alliance with the former Eleanor Foundation in 2012.
She has worked at several notable nonprofit agencies in Chicago: Director of Programs for the Eleanor Foundation, Executive Director of Apna Ghar, Director of Chicago Continuum of Care (now Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness), and Director of Planning and Development at Interfaith Housing Development Corporation.
Before joining the nonprofit sector, Sujata received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Northwestern University and an MBA from IIT, and studied engineering in her native India.
She currently serves on the Board of the Civic Consulting Alliance. She has previously served as the Chair of the Women’s Funding Network and the Asset Funders Network, as well as on the boards of several nonprofits.