Outside2Inside Team

Leadership – Founding Members & Board 

Vijay Gurusamy

Founder

Vijay Gurusamy

Founder

Vijay Gurusamy is the Founder of Outside2Inside non profit organization.

Vijay always had the drive to create an awareness about food waste reduction among the public because there was so much hunger on one side and food being wasted on the other side. He strives to create a balance by starting this non profit organization Outside2Inside, spreading the knowledge about food cycle, areas where food waste can be prevented, recovered and recycled. He believes that small baby steps are needed by all to create a positive impact in the society.

Sanjai Athi

Executive Director

Sanjai Athi

Executive Director

Sanjai Athi is the Executive Director at Outside2Inside. Sanjai has the overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Nonprofit's staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

Sanjai works as a senior manager and lives with twin daughters in California. He also enjoys playing with kids. Sanjai likes to draw and is exceptionally good in playing guitar.

Sriram Natarajan

Director of Food Recovery Program

Sriram Natarajan

Director of Food Recovery Program

Sriram Natarajan had an inquisitiveness to serve the community and loves to spend time with Nature. He is currently working as "Farm2School" program manager, which helps to recover the so called "ugly" but nutritious produce from the farms and taking it to the schools. Hence bringing awareness about food waste reduction, recovering ugly produce and bridging the gap between farms and consumers.
Sriram Natarajan works as an Hardware Engineer in California, USA. He enjoys doing community service, playing violin, gardening, gentle hiking and singing. He also loves to work on website design related projects.

Priya Athi

Director of Food Waste Awareness Program

Priya Athi

Director of Food Waste Awareness Program

Priya Athi was born in India and currently lives in California. She is Food Waste Awareness director who leads and teaches mindful courses for kids and adults. Priya is passionate about serving the community and participates in several volunteering activities.

Priya is a home maker, meditation instructor who loves cooking and enjoys working with kids.

Advisors to Board

George Boyd

Meditation Expert

George Boyd

Meditation Expert

George A. Boyd is a meditation teacher, counselor, poet, and author. George has studied and practiced meditation since 1965. He is a master meditation teacher and an innovator in the field of meditation. He developed a system of Integral meditation in 1983 that he has taught to groups and individuals since that time. He is the founder of the Mudrashram® Institute of Spiritual Studies and the editor and publisher of Mudrashram® Publishing.

George holds a BA in Psychology from UCLA, an MA in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and an Alcohol Drug Counseling Certificate from UCLA Extension. He has additional training in Psychosynthesis, Voice Dialogue, Focusing, hypnotherapy, Movement Expression™ dance work, Neuro-linguistic Programming, plus has a Certificate in Life Coaching. He worked as an academic and vocational counselor for 16 years and as a drug counselor for 3 ½ years.

He is a prolific poet. His poetry is noted for its mystical and spiritual themes. He has self-published eighteen books and six workbooks for meditation classes that he has developed, plus a correspondence course for advanced meditation students.

Dylan J. Bondy

Food Waste Recovery Expert

Dylan J. Bondy

Food Waste Recovery Expert

Dylan J. Bondy is Head of Outreach at Imperfect, America's leading consumer brand for "cosmetically-challenged" fruits and vegetables. Imperfect is on a mission to find a home for the 6 billion pounds per year of produce that is currently wasted because of aesthetic non-conformity that doesn't affect taste or quality.

Previously, Dylan founded Food Recovery Network at Grinnell College in 2013 while he was a student at the small Iowa liberal arts school. Under Dylan’s leadership, FRN at Grinnell became the first rural chapter of the national student non-profit. By connecting the college dining hall, local restaurants, and grocery stores to local outlets for distribution throughout the community, Dylan created a sustainable program that continues to feed over 300 people a week in the small town of Grinnell, Iowa. Dylan has spoken at food recovery conferences around the country about Innovative Solutions to Rural Hunger & is also an alumnus of City Year Los Angeles—an AmeriCorps program.

Kaveh Mirshafiei

Legal Expert

Kaveh Mirshafiei

Legal Expert

Kaveh Mirshafiei is a licensed attorney admitted to practice in the State of California. He received the Juris Doctor degree with a Certificate in Business Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, in 2012, where he served as an editor of Lewis and Clark Environmental Law Review. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from the University of California, at Los Angeles.

While attending Lewis & Clark Law School, Kaveh interned with Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic, where he assisted small businesses in the Portland metropolitan area with various business and employment law matters. He has also served as a judicial extern at the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara. His law practice is mainly focused on civil litigation and he occasionally assist small businesses in drafting and reviewing contracts and providing them with advice on a variety of legal issues.

Outside2Inside and its projects are a service to the community, including raising awareness about food waste, which is a major issue in the U.S.

HR & Legal Support Team

Karthika Mohan

Senior HR Manager

Karthika Mohan

Senior HR Manager

Karthika is an HR professional with 7 plus years of experience across industries. She holds an MBA in Human Resources.  Apart from her corporate exposure, she has been associated with World Pulse Media in Oregon, junior achievement programs, lake restoration, newspaper donation drives etc in a volunteering capacity. She enjoys travelling and exploring new places. She is a trained Carnatic singer and has also trained students both adults and children.

Aiswarya Nair

HR Manager

Aiswarya Nair

HR Manager

Aiswarya has a background in aviation and customer service, having worked for an international airline for over 6 years. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Resource Management at the Golden Gate University. Her previous experience includes managing and leading teams. She lives in Sunnyvale with her husband. She loves to read, travel, and is a big fan of music.

Office, Social Media Management & Grant Team

Tejaswi Chiguluri

Office Manger

Tejaswi Chiguluri

Office Manger

I am Tejaswi and graduated with Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. After my Bachelors, I started my career in Human Resources and recruiting and worked for 3 years in India and moved to USA. I have always been passionate about working with people and also pursued Certification Program in Human Resource Management at University of Washington, Seattle to further strengthen my skill set in Human Resources. Later me and my husband moved to San Jose, California for good. I am passionate about helping people and been volunteering since past 5 years till date. I am volunteer/member to various organizations in India (Desire Society, Aakanksha foundation, Pratyusha Organization).

I do yoga, art work, craft work, DIY with reusable and waste items, Photography, write stories, blogger, Interior designing and love to serve people. I received more awards and rewards for my skills. I personally have seen many poor who starve for food so I know the importance and value of food. I believe in KARMA and interestingly, I found Outside2Inside and was excited to be a part and bring awareness to people and meet people.

Vijetha Kekanaje

Office Adminstrator & Program Support

Vijetha Kekanaje

Office Adminstrator & Program Support

Vijetha did her bachelors degree from Mangalore university.  She has around 6 years of work experience in BPO sector, last one being as a QC for customer service domain.  She is very passionate about nature and reducing waste that goes back to nature and want to lead a sustainable lifestyle.  She loves traveling, hiking and listening to music. She is a self taught sewist and love to cook & blog the recipes. Her love for nature & greenery lead her to make her  own patio garden. One day she would love to grow all her produce & make a zero waste kitchen.  She is excited to join the mission of o2i and be a part of it.

Akshay Gowda

Social Media and Grant Coordinator

Akshay Gowda

Social Media and Grant Coordinator

Akshay has about four years of experience in materials science research. He has earned his Bachelor's of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from National Institute of Technology Karnataka Surathkal. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY. He is passionate about research and would like to work for Research and Development department in semiconductor companies once he graduates. He has previously volunteered for Make A Difference, a non-profit organization that aims at ensuring equitable outcomes for children in orphanages and street shelters. He taught english and trained kids for state board exams. He loves music and cooking and is also a nature lover.

Sangeeta Hegde Leeper

Grant Writer

Sangeeta Hegde Leeper

Grant Writer

Sangeeta is working as a grant writer for Outside2Inside. She received her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from Sacramento State University.

She has always had an interest in helping people, animal and the planet. Over time she has gained experience in horticulture, landscape design, animal welfare, growing food, recycling, writing, editing, vegan cooking, waste recovery among others.

She also gained knowledge on grant writing and wants to help Outside2Inside in getting grant for various programs.

Food Waste Awareness Program Team

Xuelian (Leah) Xie

Kids Program Project Manager

Xuelian (Leah) Xie

Kids Program Project Manager

Leah has 6 years of experience in corporate Accounting & Finance from working for a multi-states restaurant management company. She has earned master degree in Business Management concentrated on Accounting. She currently lives in Sunnyvale. She loves rock climbing, yoga, hiking and other outdoor activities. Her goals for this year is to become an advanced rock climber and learn playing guitar. She is excited to join O2I organization and is looking forward to meeting all members.

Ashritha

Kids Program Teaching Assistant

Ashritha

Kids Program Teaching Assistant

Ashritha has completed Masters of computer and applications. Currently she is a house wife and has a 4-year-old kid. She likes to play with kids and enjoy more doing that, so that is the main reason for her to join the Kids- awareness program and eager to help Priya in the kids awareness classes.

Wanna Kongsomthong

Kids Program Teaching Assistant

Wanna Kongsomthong

Kids Program Teaching Assistant

I am Wanna and graduated Master’s degree of Agronomy at Kasatsart University in Thailand. I am Au pair from Thailand. I love to work with kids and happy to something new. I was volunteer teacher to kindergarten. I have lot of experience in taking care of kids and babies. I was assistant researcher when I was student and it’s about agronomy. I was a volunteer with agriculture club to create activity for agriculture department. I am excited to be a part of O2I because they focus on the benefit and save the world and make sure the kids also realize that and bring awareness.

Priyasha Agarwal

Kids Program Social Media Coordinator

Priyasha Agarwal

Kids Program Social Media Coordinator

Priyasha Agarwal is a junior at Monta Vista High School. She is passionate about helping the community around her, especially working toward a cause as important as reducing food waste in a community that often tends to take food for granted. Priyasha wishes to make an impact on the world and bring about positive change. In the future, she wishes to go into a career that is business or economics oriented.

Samantha Tan

Kids Program School Outreach Coordinator

Samantha Tan

Kids Program School Outreach Coordinator

Samantha Tan is a 17-year-old Junior at Homestead High School. She lives in Sunnyvale with her parents and fraternal twin sister, Sydney. Samantha's family is also passionate about composting fruits and vegetables and uses methods such as worm composting to promote cleaner eating. On her free time, Samantha enjoys playing piano, watching movies, and TV shows with her family, and playing games. Samantha has experience volunteering at a farm to harvesting fruits and vegetables for the community, working with her neighborhood watch program to sell and spread awareness of their organization, and is an involved student. She attends clubs such as the Homestead Red Cross, Cancer Society, and Future Physicians Clubs. She is very excited to be joining the Outside2Inside family and is motivated to start her work as a volunteer headhunter and teacher's assistant for the After School Kids Program. Samantha is very excited to meet you all and contribute as much as she can, to minimize food waste and spread as much awareness as possible!

Rahul Ponnaganti

Self Awareness Program Event Coordinator

Rahul Ponnaganti

Self Awareness Program Event Coordinator

Food Waste Recovery & Recycle Program Team

Rachel Bosnyak

Farm2School Program Volunteer Project Manager

Rachel Bosnyak

Farm2School Program Volunteer Project Manager

Rachel is working as a Volunteer Project Manager for Outside2Inside's Farm2School Program. She is a third-year student at UC Berkeley majoring in ‘Genetics and Plant Biology’ and ‘Scandinavian Studies’. 

As the Food Justice Committee Chair of FEED (Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development) at Berkeley, she have lead and contributed to projects that engage members of FEED, as well as other members of the campus community, in dialogue about equitable and sustainable food systems. She strive to always be learning and applying her knowledge, and intend to shape her career path in such a way as to be able to apply her STEM background to research towards this end.

Susie Warner

Farm2School Program - Volunteer Project Manager

Susie Warner

Farm2School Program - Volunteer Project Manager

Susie is working as a Volunteer Project Manager for Outside2Inside's Farm2School Program. She is a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley and a member of FEED (Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development). Although her major is not solidified, she is hoping to study Ecosystem Management, Business Administration, or another one of the like.

Aside from FEED, she is also active as Publicity Chair for her residential dorm’s Hall Association and participates in a dance team. In her high school days, she was very active in a broad community service club, student government, and youth city council. A couple of her interests include interdisciplinary subjects, business, sustainability, and marketing.

Anna Kate Stephenson

F2S Program Marketing Coordinator

Anna Kate Stephenson

F2S Program Marketing Coordinator

Anna Kate is from North Carolina and is currently pursuing a degree in Environmental Science at UC Berkeley. She graduated from high school in North Carolina (NC), winning the Head of School Award. There, she was president of National Honors Society and Green Club, both of which did a lot of volunteer work with reducing plastic consumption, natural resource management and ocean conservation. She has witnessed the impacts on our environment, specifically food systems, first hand when working on farms in NC and in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

She recently began her position as an associate consultant with FEED in the hopes of evolving our food system into a more sustainable one and urging others to do the same. She is also tutoring at elementary schools in Oakland to teach them about science and its fascinating application in the real world. Being very much a people’s person, she is interested in educating the public and children from young about making sustainable decisions in the food they eat, clothes they wear, and habits in daily life. She approaches almost everything with curiosity and a smile and is so excited to see what all Outside2Inside has in store!

Ava Nouri-Mahdavi

F2S Pilot Program Coordinator

Ava Nouri-Mahdavi

F2S Pilot Program Coordinator

Ava is doing her first year college in UC - Berkeley and member of FEED at Berkeley. She received the Calabasas High School Golden Coyote Award three years in a row in high school for doing over 100 hours of community service every year. She has extensive experience in volunteering, from being an active member and eventually President of the Calabasas High Students for Equal Rights Foundation that focuses on raising money for the Agni Raksha Burn Clinic in India, to being a Lead Teen Volunteer at the Calabasas City Library and volunteering at their Summer Reading Program and Calabasas Fun Fair. She was the Vice President of her high school’s Associated Student Body, the Vice President of the West Valley Youth and Government delegation, and also co-founder of  a suicide prevention club at Calabasas High school.

She was also heavily involved with running and volunteering at a free tutoring program at the Calabasas Library called Study Buddies and has volunteered for various organizations with the Youth and Government delegation and Girl Scout troop, such as beach cleanups with Heal the Bay and distributing food with SOVA.

 

Nica Goldstein

F2S Program - Funds Coordinator

Nica Goldstein

F2S Program - Funds Coordinator

Nica is doing her Bachelor's degree program at UC Berkeley and a member of the FEED at Berkeley. She grew up on an organic farm, managed three community gardens in high school, and truly have a passion for sustainable food systems. Throughout her high school, she was the student president of a non-profit called Global Student Embassy, working to empower youth from Northern California, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Panama, to be conscious community leaders through action-oriented environmental education. She helped to maintain and expand two garden projects at local high schools and one alongside a trailer park. She has lead workshops about sustainable food systems and the role of young people in creating positive change in our society.

Jasmine Tran

F2S Program - Social Media Coordinator

Jasmine Tran

F2S Program - Social Media Coordinator

Web Development Team

Manisha Yogan

UI/UX Design Lead

Manisha Yogan

UI/UX Design Lead

Manisha is a UX Designer who is focused on delivering meaningful user experiences. She has a BE degree in Computer Science and an MS degree in HCI [Human Computer Interaction]. She is passionate about how technology makes a significant impact on people’s lives. She is constantly on the go to build better products that make a difference in the living. She has an insatiable appetite for photography, exploring new countries, cities and also a great foodie. Please feel free to check out her website: https://manishayogan.me

Miriam Ali

UI/UX Designer

Miriam Ali

UI/UX Designer

I have my bachelors degree in computer science from UCSC. Working on developing my skills as a ui/ux designer. On my free time I enjoy hiking, painting and playing video games. I love animals and have a pet cat. I am passionate about helping others.

Dung Nguyen

UI/UX Designer

Dung Nguyen

UI/UX Designer

I graduated from SJSU with a BS in Computer Science. Having a technical background, I learned to enjoy creating web applications for fun. I also have several years of experience in design since I wanted to be a Graphic/Web Designer before I changed major.