Outside2Inside Team

Founding Members, Board & Board Advisors

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.

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.

Andrea Bacigalupo

HR Manager

Andrea Bacigalupo

HR Manager

Andrea is a Human Resources professional and has moved a few months ago from Bolivia to California. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and 4 years of experience in Human Resources. She has accumulated experience as the lead HR Analyst for the second largest Bolivian state bank as well as an HR associate for Ernst & Young, Bolivia. As she has witnessed extreme poverty and people starving on the streets and large amounts of food getting wasted on the other hand, she believes that she can not sit back but do something about it. She appreciates O2I’s mission and is very excited to be a part and contribute to its mission.

Office, Social Media, Website  & Grant Team

Tejaswi Chiguluri

Office Manager

Tejaswi Chiguluri

Office Manager

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.

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

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.

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, Recovery & Recycle Pgm. Team

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

Volunteer Events Coordinator

Rahul Ponnaganti

Volunteer Events Coordinator

Nica Goldstein

Food Waste Recycle Project Manager

Nica Goldstein

Food Waste Recycle Project Manager

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.

Ava Nouri-Mahdavi

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

Ava Nouri-Mahdavi

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

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.

 

Collin Miller

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

Collin Miller

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

Collin is a freshman at UC Berkeley and is from the Los Angeles area. He discovered his passion for business after founding Cleat Companion, a 3D printed tool used in cleat-based games (soccer, football, etc.). He's also passionate about nutrition as he founded a club, Nutrition on a Mission, in high school–a club dedicated to sports nutritions effect on athletes performance. In his free time, he enjoys surfing and playing soccer. Recently, he learned how to unicycle and now cycles off-road and marathons. His goal for this year is to meet new people who share the same interests and help out around the community.

Haley Pietro

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

Haley Pietro

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

Haley is currently a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley. She is hoping to study business or society and environment and is passionate about environmental issues within the food system. This past summer, Haley worked at the salad chain Sweetgreen, which has a mission that supports local and sustainable business. Haley is currently a volunteer at the Berkeley Food Collective and is a member of its marketing committee. She is also an associate consultant for FEED (Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, and Development) working on a project with Outside2Inside. Her goal for this year is to practice more yoga and learn to play the guitar!

Maddie Mikschl

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

Maddie Mikschl

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

Maddie is a second year student at UC Berkeley and a member of FEED (Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development). She is currently pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering and hopes to use this to improve equity within the food and healthcare industries. She remains active as the Chapter Leader of IGNITE, an organization dedicated to representing and involving young women in the political arena, and previously interned as Deputy Field Organizer of her representative's congressional campaign. She has worked as an adoption volunteer for a local rescue animal sanctuary as well as the director of school supply drives for a school supporting homeless children in her community.

Sana Khader

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

Sana Khader

Food Waste Recycle Researcher

Sana is a sophomore at UC Berkeley studying data science. She is especially interested in geo-spatial information science and learning how these technical skills can be applied to solve environmental problems. She loves learning about sustainable agriculture and changing food systems, and hopes to bring this interest to O2I!