meet our team
With deep sadness, we mourn the passing of Dr. Ojha. He had served on the board of Upakar since 2008 and was the Vice President, Outreach. He worked for the Department of Defense. In his spare time, Ajay taught at the university and college level, was helping to build the foundation
Archana has served on the board of Upakar since 2011 and is currently the Secretary. Her bio coming soon!
Subbu has served on the board of Upakar since 2005 and is currently the Vice President, Programming. He works as a real estate agent and is affiliated with Weichert Realtors. Previously he worked with the Xerox Corporation in various senior financial management positions. He has a B.Tech. degree from IIT-Chennai
Gautam has served on the board of Upakar since 2005 and serves as the Chair of the Mentorship Committee. He is a Managing Director of The Two Rivers Group, a consulting firm specializing in applying insight and expertise from academia to the problems of business and government. He received a
Jyotsna has been a board member since 2001 and is currently serving as the President of Upakar. She has managed multiple successful art shows for Upakar, which have both raised funds and promoted local Indian artists. She graduated from the University of Maryland and was a Manager at PG&E Energy
Dr. Mukunda has served on the board of Upakar since 2003 and is the Vice President, Scholarships. Dr. Mukunda has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and is working for Orbital Sciences Corporation as a Senior Staff Scientist specializing in aerospace nuclear safety.
Dr. Rohatgi has served on the board of Upakar since 2000 and is currently the Executive Vice President. She is an allergy specialist who has practiced in the Washington, DC area for around 30 years. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of
Nithya has served on the board of Upakar since 2009 and is currently the Treasurer of the board. She is a practicing lawyer with the Antidumping Defense Group. Prior to this position, Nithya worked in the federal government for 15 years in international trade law. She is a graduate of
Sidarth has been on the Upakar board since 2011 and is currently serving as the Vice President, Communications. He is an associate in the real estate group at Troutman Sanders LLP.
Shekar is a founding board member of Upakar and is current serving as an Advisory Board Honorary Member. He is a Managing Partner at Beekman Advisors providing strategic financial advisory and investment banking services. Shekar is formerly a Managing Director of the Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, one of the nation’s