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Lalitha Vaidyanathan


    Managing Director
lalitha.vaidyanathan@fsg.org

Overview

Lalitha brings nearly 15 years of experience in a combination of strategy consulting, business operations, and nonprofit management.

Role at FSG

Lalitha has advised a variety of clients while at FSG including corporations, private foundations, multilaterals, government community foundations, and nonprofits. Lalitha’s client work has cut across a range of issues including Shared Value, Catalytic Philanthropy, and Strategic Evaluation. Her clients in India include the Godrej Group, the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, UN Women, The World Bank, and Eli Lilly. Her clients in the US include Medtronic, Mattel, UnitedHealth Group, McKesson, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

Before FSG

Lalitha started her consulting career with McKinsey & Company, advising financial services and technology companies on a variety of business issues. She subsequently co-founded and ran a venture-backed technology company in San Francisco. Since 2002, Lalitha has worked in the social sector as Program Director for OpNet Community Ventures, a technology workforce development organization targeted at low-income young adults, and as an independent consultant with clients in the areas of community health and global poverty alleviation.

Education

  • Bachelors in Engineering from Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK
  • MBA from Harvard Business School, Boston, MA

Languages

  • English
  • Bahasa Malaysia
  • Tamil (mother tongue)

On Working at FSG

“Prior to coming to FSG, I worked with grassroots nonprofit organizations. As time went by, I found myself increasingly wondering why, despite the dedicated efforts of over a million nonprofits, we did not seem any closer to solving society’s persistent problems like poverty and preventable diseases. I realized then that what I was really interested in was better understanding the barriers the sector as a whole faces in solving these problems. FSG’s singular purpose for existence is to help increase the effectiveness of the social sector at solving complex social problems. That is why I am at FSG.”

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