Sujata is the President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women, a grantmaking organization focused on basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls in the greater Chicago area, since 2011. Under her leadership, the foundation has experienced double-digit growth.
In 2012, Sujata was instrumental in bringing the assets, programs and key leadership of the Eleanor Foundation to Chicago Foundation for Women to create the Eleanor Network at Chicago Foundation for Women. Her prior experience includes program development in women’s economic security, ending homelessness and addressing domestic violence.
Sujata has worked with several notable nonprofit agencies in Chicago. She has been the Director of Programs at the Eleanor Foundation (now part of Chicago Foundation for Women) where she was instrumental in developing and implementing the foundation’s unique program aimed at the economic self-sufficiency of low income working women. As the Director of the Chicago Continuum of Care (now part of AllChicago), Sujata was responsible for implementing Chicago’s Plan to End Homelessness.
Sujata started her career in nonprofits as the Executive Director of Apna Ghar (Our Home), a domestic violence agency serving immigrant battered women and their children. There she succeeded in turning around the organization from having deficits to tripling its revenue.
Sujata brings her skills from manufacturing and academia to nonprofits. She earned an MBA from IIT and a Ph.D, in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.
Sujata has been profiled and interviewed by the media, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Public Media and Crain’s Chicago Business. She writes a regular column for the Huffington Post. Read her Huffington Post blog and follow her on Twitter @k_sujata.
Wage gap may be narrowing, but women still falling through wealth gap
Crain’s Chicago Business [July 21, 2015]
How the Chicago Foundation for Women emphasizes change over 'fixing'
Chicago Tribune [June 18, 2015]
'I'm a small part of a large universe'
Crain’s Chicago Business [June 15, 2015]
Morning Shift, Immigrant Women in Chicago
Chicago Public Media [May 27, 2015]
Safety and Health for Women
Comcast Newsmaker [March 19, 2015]