Aparna Rae

    Aparna works with across public and private sections at the intersection of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), and program strategy, evaluation and organizational design. She been a presenter on the intersection of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) with program design and evaluation at The American Evaluation Association, SOCAP, as well a number of Greater Seattle Area organizations, including Equal Pay Today, Equal Rights Advocates, Ladies Get Paid, WASBA, Legal Fund of Washington, Seattle University and more.

    Aparna believes that diversity breeds innovation. For more than a decade her work has been focused on program strategy and evaluation across K-14, workforce development and impact investing. Her K-14 work has spanned lecturing at The University of British Columbia, research fellowships to India and Lima, developing a STEM and college access program at Neighborhood House (Seattle) and as well as building technology products for a Chicago-based education technology company. Since 2019, she has led projects in the workforce development space in India and the US since 2013 when she co-founded Project Feast in Seattle, placing immigrant and refugee women on a path to employment. In 2015, she launched a pan-India blended learning platform via Teach for India. During 2018, she developed Panorama Global’s Future of Work initiative, focused on supporting businesses adopt worker-centric policies.

    Aparna serves as an advisor to a number of startups, faculty at the Washington State Bar Association, and is a regular contributor to publications focused on diversity and inclusion in workforce development. In January 2019, she launched Future for Us, a platform to advance women of color at work. Having lived and worked in six countries, Aparna brings a diversity lens to all her work.