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Brinda GangulyChief Operating Officer

Brinda joined Elevar in 2020 as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer.

Brinda has more than 20 years of transactional experience, the bulk of it in the impact investing space.

Prior to joining Elevar, Brinda was with Living Cities, a U.S. focused, racial and economic justice organization. There, she was a part of the executive leadership of the organization and oversaw the management of two investment funds.

Earlier in her career, Brinda was with The Rockefeller Foundation for 9 years, where she managed the Foundation’s impact investing portfolio; this included equity investments, loans, and guarantees across different sectors and geographies. She has also been a Vice President in Citigroup’s Corporate Bank, addressing corporate finance issues for healthcare clients; worked for Soros, originating and executing impact investments; and at Charles River Associates as an economic consultant.

Brinda serves on the School Leadership Team for PS 321, a public elementary school in New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Spanish from Bryn Mawr College and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Brinda lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.

What are the most and least favourite parts of your job?

I really like my job. It is hard to say what my most favorite parts are since I haven’t been at Elevar for that long – although I suspect it will be spending time with our teams in Mexico City and Bangalore, and going on field visits (once we are allowed to travel post-COVID). My least favorite parts are the night time calls because of the different time zones.

What makes for a good Elevarian?

Someone who is hyper competent; has a passion for empowering low income communities; has a global outlook; takes ownership; is kind and thoughtful with colleagues; is ethically sound and does the “right thing”.

If you weren’t working at Elevar what would you be doing for a living?

I am not sure – I think this is my current best life. But my dream is to work at a library, school, or an art museum when I get older. And to play an old lady detective on a BBC series (you know, the type of character who lives in a small bucolic town and who keeps getting drawn into her neighbours’ shenanigans).

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