Currently, I am a Visiting Scholar and Professorial Lecturer at the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. I am the Founder and for seventeen years was the President of The Global Fund for Children, a non-profit organization that invests philanthropic capital in innovative grassroots organizations serving vulnerable children and youth.


My parents immigrated from India to further their graduate education. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and raised in Greenville, North Carolina for 17 years and live in Washington, DC today. My identities are as follows: Southerner first, American second, and South Asian third.

Why AiD?

I back visionaries. Solome Lemma is a visionary and social entrepreneur. Africans in the Diaspora has an amazing vision and mission to engage and organize people of African descent to give back to their homelands to support social and economic development at the grassroots. We have seen this work so powerfully among other immigrant groups including South Asia Indian, Filipino, and Mexicans.