I enjoy working with others, across for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors, to develop and invest in solutions to challenging social problems. As founding president of the Points of Light Civic Incubator, I support and invest in social entrepreneurs and early stage civic ventures around the world. I have led organizations in all sectors and am attracted to
I enjoy working with others, across for-profit, nonprofit and public sectors, to develop and invest in solutions to challenging social problems. As founding president of the Points of Light Civic Incubator, I support and invest in social entrepreneurs and early stage civic ventures around the world. I have led organizations in all sectors and am attracted to people and groups that recognize they need to be bold and innovative to transform themselves and the world, inspired by a seminal experience teaching kids and building healthcare centers in central India. I am an urbanite who lives with my family in Atlanta’s Inman Park; we love traveling with friends and family, biking local trails, going to movies and walking to neighborhood restaurants.
Founder @ In 2012, I launched the Points of Light Civic Accelerator -- a bootcamp and investment fund for entrepreneurs and their early stage civic ventures -- with founding support from PwC Charitable Foundation and Starbucks Foundation and in partnership with Village Capital. A talented team at Points of Light, along with corporate partners, advisors and faculty members, supports this program where we have invested $600,000 across six cohorts and graduated 74 ventures led by civic innovators who are disrupting what it means to be an engaged citizen and to-date have mobilized ~ 400,000 and reached over 4 million people to solve pressing social problems. From 2012 to Present (3 years) President, Civic Incubator @ Points of Light is the largest organization dedicated to volunteerism in the country with a mission to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world. As President of the Civic Incubator, I lead our efforts to discover, scale and invest in new ideas and emerging solutions to put people at the center of change. Initiatives in my portfolio include the Civic Accelerator, a bootcamp and investment fund for entrepreneurs launching early stage civic ventures, and our global work to engage citizens and employees to address social issues and impact communities through our POL member network with deep corporate, entrepreneurial and NGO partnerships across 34 countries. We also incubate pilots and projects including Ventures in Residence and Rapid Innovation Summits to share lean startup and design thinking methodologies with community and nonprofit leaders and teams. In addition, as part of the work of the Incubator, I led the merger of three youth organizations to create generationOn (Points of Light's youth division), incubated and launched the Points of Light Corporate Institute and AmeriCorps Alums, and led strategic assessment and due diligence of acquisition/merger targets. From December 2009 to Present (6 years 1 month) Finance Director @ A leadership role in the Borders for Atlanta campaign team to elect Lisa Borders as the Mayor of Atlanta. Responsible for working with the candidate and business and community leaders to raise the funds required in a competitive mayoral campaign. Raised the most funds of any campaign in the final months. Lisa Borders received 14% of the vote in the 2009 November election. Lisa endorsed Kasim Reed who was elected as Mayor of Atlanta in the December run-off election. From July 2009 to November 2009 (5 months) Co-Chair @ What began as the Women for Obama Atlanta Committee evolved into a coalition of women across Georgia with longer-term objectives. Women for Change members are interested in influencing and changing the direction of our state by developing solutions to address the most critical issues facing our families and communities. From August 2008 to July 2009 (1 year) Chief Operating Officer @ I managed the operations of the $109 million dollar enterprise and a staff of 246 employees. My responsibilities included the oversight of all operating units within the organization including community impact, resource development, county programming and operations, marketing, information technology, human resources, and the United Way 2-1-1 information and referral call center. I worked with the entire United Way team to help ensure the success of annual fundraising efforts that generated more than $100 million to invest in community initiatives and partner organizations across 13 metro Atlanta counties. From January 2005 to July 2008 (3 years 7 months) Chief Executive Officer @ I led the $4 million non-profit organization with over 100 employees to achieve the mission to empower women and girls. During my tenure as CEO, I increased revenue from new sources by 46%, created a customer-focused organization driven by measurable results, realized 25% in savings, divested under-performing programs, and restructured the Board and staff to transform and rebrand the YWCA as the nationally accredited, premier organization for women and girls in Atlanta. From 1998 to 2004 (6 years) Greater Atlanta AreaSenior Manager @ As a senior manager with Andersen Consulting LLP Strategic Services (now Accenture) in New York and Atlanta, I led consultant-client teams to create and implement business plans and sales and marketing strategies. During my over eight years with the firm, I specialized in restructuring and redesigning organizations to align with business strategies. Clients included AT&T, RJR Nabisco, Holiday Inn Worldwide, Duke Power Company, Coca-Cola Foods, Xerox, W.R. Grace, Mobil Oil Corporation and Kraft General Foods. From 1989 to 1997 (8 years) Teacher and Educational Consultant @ I had an incredible experience and learning working with Adapt (formerly the Spastics Society of Northern India) and taught children with cerebral palsy and conducted research to translate elements of the Stanford-Binet IQ test to village norms. I also worked in the villages of Dalaypur in the Punjap state to help build a healthcare and education center working with local women leaders, healthcare professionals, government officials and Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa’s Order of Nuns). From 1988 to 1989 (1 year) New Delhi Area, India
MA, Organizational Psychology @ Columbia University in the City of New York From 1987 to 1989 BA, Psychology and English @ Franklin & Marshall College From 1982 to 1986 Ayesha Khanna is skilled in: Strategy, Fundraising, Social Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Start-ups, Nonprofits, Entrepreneurship, Business Planning, New Business Development, Management, Program Management, Program Development, Volunteer Management, Organizational Development, Philanthropy
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