Shobha HiattCo-Founder and President, Board of Directors
Shobha Hiatt is a fundraising/marketing professional and has worked with Bay Area nonprofits for over two decades. She is a co-founder of Narika, and was its Executive Director for several years. Shobha has served on the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women and is a member of the Development Executives Roundtable.
Vasuki NarayanTreasurer, Board of Directors
Vasuki Narayan has an extensive background in management consulting, professional services and technology product management. She has a deep passion for womens’ issues, and has been on the board of a couple of philanthropic organizations in India. Vasuki’s other interests are cooking and creating new cocktails, reading and writing short stories, sewing and costuming. She tries to do at least one thing each year to expand her horizons – something that is outside her comfort zone.
Anitha ChakravarthiSecretary, Board of Directors
Anitha Chakravarthi is an indirect tax expert for Walmart.com. Anitha has been involved in various non – profits ranging from legal aid to educating the girl child. She has served on a number of boards and truly believes that we can all be vehicles for change in the world. Being an Aussie of Indian origin living in the US, Anitha considers herself a global citizen and loves to travel and learn about the different ways people live. A self-confessed foodie, she loves to cook, bake and try new restaurants.
Sharmila ChitnisMember, Board of Directors
Sharmila is a psychotherapist and clinical social worker with the City and County of San Francisco. She has over 14 years of nonprofit experience and spent 10 of those years working with survivors in domestic violence and sexual assault agencies. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from NYU. Sharmila has special clinical interest in the areas of trauma, bicultural identity development, psychodynamic psychotherapy and evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. As an American born Indian, Sharmila holds the philosophy of her own Indian heritage closest to her heart. She feels that many of today’s modern evidence-based therapies in mental health care are compatible with her own cultural practices of Yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and Vedanta, and she integrates these concepts into her work with her clients.
Vidya IyengarMember, Board of Directors
As a mental health clinician, Vidya Iyengar has spent most of her career leading programs serving children, individuals and families. She is a experienced clinical administrator and has developed programs for patients afflicted with mental illness and substance abuse disorders. She has led the Contra Costa County Health Services Reducing Health Disparities initiative as the Ethnic Services Manager and has facilitated the development of the County’s mental health Workforce, Education and Training plan. She has led multidisciplinary teams of clinicians, managers, and support staff as the Director of Psychiatry in Kaiser Permanente. She is currently employed with Kaiser Permanente as an Administrator overseeing clinical departments in the outpatient setting. She is a self confessed book worm and enjoys watching every CSI series on TV. She is a runner on the weekends and loves camping with her family and their beloved husky.
Humad AsgharMember, Board of Directors
Humad Asghar is Product Marketing and Sales Management professional in Industrial Automation, and Manufacturing. He has always worked to promote and support the South Asian culture here in the Bay Area. As a student at San Jose State he was a member of the Pakistani Student Association, and Islamic Student Association, where he helped put together various events. As a Narika volunteer Humad helped manage the Share Your Wear activities. Humad is an avid fan of music, poetry, and a good conversation.