An immigrant from India, Kiran spent her childhood in Savannah, Georgia, and most of her adult life in Washington, DC. She spent the greater part of her professional life being an advocate, both in and out of government, and brings that passion to the Philanthropy Northwest network and region. Most recently, Kiran served in the Obama Administration as chief of staff at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She's a former civil rights litigator and nonprofit CEO. Her passion for service and commitment to improving the lives of communities of color grew out of a formative educational experience at her alma mater, Spelman College. Kiran received her law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Kiran currently serves on the board of directors for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), the United Philanthropy Forum and the Wing Luke Museum.
Kiran is an avid yoga practitioner with a teacher certification and is working toward building a stronger meditation practice; however, as in all efforts in life, it is a continuous journey to find balance.