Vandana is known to be a dynamic social entrepreneur and visionary with exceptional fundraising, marketing and sales skills to lead teams and pivot on the ever-changing revenue generation landscape.
As the Director and CEO for the Akshaya Patra Foundation USA, Vandana worked with a lean team of 12 to plan and implement branding, marketing and fundraising strategy. The organization set records by doubling revenues in 3 years, pivoting from in-person events to 10 virtual galas attended by 85,000 guests raising $12.8 Million in a pandemic year. With countless Zoom calls, donor cultivation events and 500 volunteers in 30 chapters around the US she amplified the work being done in India; to serve 120 million meals for Covid relief.
Since 2012, as a chapter chair for Los Angeles to Director to CEO for the organization, Vandana raised over $35 million during her 9-year tenure. She piloted programs that engaged young adults and teens to gather grass root level awareness and actively engaged community volunteers to expand the Youth Ambassador program in schools, colleges, and universities, while enabling young adults to hone their leadership skills.
Taking advantage of her expertise as a graphic designer and film maker, she oversaw the production of videos, design, and copy for collateral, planning and executing fundraising events with globally renowned speakers and entertainers
In her own words, Vandana says, “I have always set impossible goals and targets for myself; and yet again, I do not limit myself. My endeavor is to serve nonprofits that serve the global community. As my teacher once said, “Set audacious goals – the rest is just work!”
Matt has over eleven years of experience through various technical positions including product management, marketing, design, and video production for startups to Fortune 500 companies. With rich experience in digital media, Luckey is spearheading digital marketing for Jupiter 360.
Luckey has traveled throughout South East Asia including celebrating and documenting Holi in Vrindavan, India. Giving back and supporting others is an important part of his ethos, and is the basis for focusing efforts on supporting non-profit organizations.
Hamnah Mistry is a Project Manager with 5+ years of extensive experience in the Indian philanthropic space. Her interests lie in the intersection between business, social impact and global development. In the recent past, Hamnah has worked for the philanthropic arm of India’s largest public sector bank, spearheading and designing key partnerships and projects in the focus areas of education, livelihoods & entrepreneurship, environment & sustainability, healthcare, women empowerment, disability & inclusion, etc. She is also passionate about understanding how public policy influences change and social impact at the grassroots. In her free time, Hamnah likes to bake and write poetry.