K Sujata is a leader with broad experience in Chicago’s philanthropy, business and nonprofit communities, has been named President of Chicago Foundation for Women, effective January 3, 2011, Board Chair Gail Ludewig announced today.
Currently director of programs for the Eleanor Foundation, Sujata has also served as executive director of Apna Ghar, a domestic violence agency supporting Chicago’s South Asian and other immigrant communities. Sujata also served as director of Chicago Continuum of Care (now Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness) and, as director of planning and development at Interfaith Housing Development Corporation. Sujata is a passionate advocate for women and girls and brings to CFW a wealth of experience in Chicago’s business and social sectors. She trained as a scientific researcher at Northwestern University and studied engineering in her native India. She holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern, and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Sujata has been a board member of Deborah’s Place, the Resource Center, and Crossroads Fund, chair of the Chicago chapter of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, co-chair of the Asian Giving Circle, and a 2009 Leadership Greater Chicago fellow. She is an ACLU of Illinois board vice president and a director of the South Asian American Policy and Research Institute.