After a brief time in public relations, Shilpa started working in philanthropy soon after moving to Chicago in 2002. Shilpa’s work is rooted in several elements of philanthropy including diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, and nonprofit organizational infrastructure. As a program officer for many IKA clients, Shilpa utilizes her extensive knowledge in such issues as housing, food insecurity, intimate violence, arts/culture, childhood development, and health strategies. An entrepreneurial spirit allows Shilpa to jump into new endeavors with energy to assess potential barriers and opportunities for our clients. Shilpa has sat on several boards that promote youth leadership, housing stability, Asian American issues, mental health and the arts. She and her family also started a family foundation in 2004.
Shilpa has her undergraduate degree from University of Missouri-Columbia in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Masters degree from University of Illinois-Chicago in Public Health.