Geeta draws on her deep experience in philanthropy, urban planning, and economic development to support the wellbeing of Cambridge and those who live in and rely on Cambridge. She transformed a 105-year-old local grantmaking organization into the city’s giving platform, supporting shared prosperity, social equity, and cultural richness through grantmaking, civic leadership, and philanthropic partnerships. Today, the Foundation supports more than 150 local nonprofits annually, conducts research and initiates cross-city conversations, and serves as a collaborative philanthropic partner to donors, businesses, nonprofits, universities, and engaged citizens, helping to address community needs.
Geeta has been a close collaborator of the Greater Boston nonprofit sector for more than 30 years. She co-authored two reports on the financial health of the Massachusetts nonprofit sector, organized the creation of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, an organization that supports the nonprofit ecosystem statewide, and facilitated the founding of the Institute of Nonprofit Practice, which supports the development of promising social impact leaders. She serves on several public sector task forces and committees, including the City of Cambridge’s Youth & Family Policy Council and Community Benefits Advisory Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Kendall Square Association, Central Square Business Improvement District, Institute for Nonprofit Practice National Advisory Board, and the local advisory board of UpTogether (formerly Family Independence Initiative). Geeta previously worked for The Boston Foundation as the Associate Vice President for Programs, where she oversaw grantmaking and community impact, led the multi-neighborhood Fairmount Corridor effort focused on equity and opportunity, and co-founded the Boston Indicators Project to drive scaled social change. She also worked for the City of Boston serving as Director of Sustainable Boston and Assistant Director for Neighborhood Development. A trained artist, she earned a Bachelor of Architecture in India, and holds a Master’s in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.