India joined our team in January 2020. She leads all aspects of our lending operation including underwriting, closing, and maintaining borrower partnerships. While completing her degree in Global Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia, India worked as a Senior Associate at the Charlottesville Angel Network (CAN). There she gained experience vetting potential investments and working with companies on their business models. India worked previously at the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, managing educational programming and assisting with operations as the Deputy Director.
During the spring of 2018, India spent 5 months studying Spanish language and culture in Cordoba, Argentina and is now fluent in Spanish. After graduating from UVA in May of 2019, India set out for the cloud forests of Northern Ecuador for three months with two colleagues and $21,000 in grant funding. There she worked with provincial governments, NGOs, and community stakeholders to support sustainable development and economic alternatives to open-pit mining. This included creating and instituting a US-Ecuador small farm coffee trade relationship, negotiating the purchase of equipment for a women’s plantain flour cooperative, and establishing an ongoing partnership with UVA’s global studies department. In 2021, India honed her farming skills by volunteering weekly at Real Roots Food Systems in Richmond.