Senior Program Officer, Economy
Neeta leads the Foundation’s Economy grantmaking program. During her time at the foundation, she has actively worked to identify and support a portfolio of grantees focused on community-driven systems change. Through her grantmaking she helped to build and support the Illinois Digital Learning Lab, a platform for educators who work with adult learners to direct their own leadership and skill building through exploring the role of technology in teaching and learning. She also launched the Early Learning Leadership Circle, a group of local early learning collaborations in Illinois actively working to build their leadership capacity to support children and families in their communities.
Before joining Grand Victoria Foundation, Neeta worked in several roles that allowed her to support community leaders and organizations to realize their dreams. At the Charter School Growth Fund, she supported charter school leaders around the country to build strong, sustainable school models that give families more educational options. Prior to that, she worked with special education leaders in the New Orleans charter school system to develop support for solutions to challenges they saw in the system. Her work led to the launch of a new therapeutic school model in New Orleans that plays a key role in the education fabric of the community.
Neeta holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University Business School and a BA in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is an alum of Education Pioneers and the Broad Residency in Urban Education through which she earned a Master’s in Education Leadership.