Board of Directors

Divya Balaji

Divya Balaji works at the Bridgespan Group, a global advisory firm that helps mission driven organizations to break inter-generational cycles of poverty. Here, Divya has advised a variety of philanthropists and non-profits in the areas of philanthropic strategy, healthcare and early childhood development. Prior to Bridgespan, Divya worked as a Senior Consultant at the Delhi Commission for Women, a governmental body responsible for creating and overseeing policies for women’s safety and wellbeing. She helped to create policies and advocacy tools in the sphere of human trafficking, police and judicial reforms, juvenile justice and labor regulations for women. Divya holds a Bachelor of Science from Yale University and is also a Yale Global Health Fellow.

Lavneeta Jalan

“A passionate and opiniated development professional, I am dedicated towards enabling women find their own voice and exercise their agency. Issues concerning Global development, human rights, women and child empowerment, quality education, gender justice and action against violence, particularly keep me up at night. I am a rational, but also optimist that through collective action and continued efforts towards challenging the status quo, we will make a difference in the society.”

Lavneeta is currently working as the Organisation and Community Development Officer at the Joint Women’s Programme, New Delhi. She was a Commonwealth Scholar for 2016/17 and has recently graduated with MSc in Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi.

Meera Viswanathan

Meera is currently finishing her masters degree in clinical psychology from TISS and BALM. She has worked in different organizations that focus on community mental health, homelessness and street living. She has previously worked with institutions such as the Banyan, Schizophrenia Research Foundation and PCVC. She has also worked with teach for India fellows and students on mental health and well-being. Moreover, Meera also worked in rural settings to understand education and mental health in a better light. She has a keen interest in community mental health, homelessness and education.