Vanita Bhargava has spent her career working to better the lives of children and families by improving programs and the organizations that serve them. Vanita has worked with a broad range of organizations including Pew Charitable Trusts, Kaiser Permanente, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Playworks, and the Boston Ballet. She received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master in public policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Vanita has a deep understanding of the multiple funding and accountability demands organizations face today and is well versed in helping organizations develop meaningful systems and solutions to address these and other challenges. Vanita’s consulting practice focuses on foundation relations, organizational capacity building, performance accountability, program development, and strategic planning.
Before joining Onward, Vanita was the interim executive director of Playworks, where she learned firsthand about navigating urban school systems and operating successful programs within these systems. Prior to moving to the DC area, Vanita served as the senior program officer at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health in Palo Alto, California. She helped launch the foundation’s grantmaking program. In her time at the foundation, she managed an $11.4 million portfolio of grants for youth development and early childhood programs. She worked with a diverse set of grantees–from grassroots non profits to multi-million dollar institutions–to help them deliver measurable impact in a timely manner.
Vanita is an active community member and school volunteer and has served on the boards of the Youth Leadership Institute and Playworks. In her personal life, Ms. Bhargava enjoys photography, reading, puzzles of all sorts, and most of all, listening to the laughter of her husband and two children.