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 Waste Recovery & Recycle Program

Sriram Natarajan

Director of Food Waste Recovery & Recycle 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.

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.

Food Waste Awareness, Recovery & Recycle Pgm. Team

Vandana Akshay Ravi

Volunteer Manager

Vandana Akshay Ravi

Volunteer Manager

Vandhana has a diverse undergraduate background in interior designing. She has involved in several projects like home renovation, office renovation & furniture design. She has also earned master's in business administrations from India. Her involvement as a CSR co-coordinator in collage has gained her experience in managing people and conducting many events successfully. Apart from work, one will find her immersed in painting a canvas. She lives with her husband and a passionate traveler. She has visited over 12 countries so far and her goal is to travel around the world before she turns 50. She is excited to be part of O2I organization and is looking forward to meeting its members.

Haley Pietro

Food Waste Reduction Researcher

Haley Pietro

Food Waste Reduction 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

Project Manager

Maddie Mikschl

Project Manager

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.

Irisa Zhang

Food Waste Reduction Researcher

Irisa Zhang

Food Waste Reduction Researcher

Irisa is a third year studying Nutritional Science with an emphasis in Physiology and Metabolism at UC Berkeley. She is involved with multiple volunteer organizations on campus, including medical mobile clinics in Peru and raising awareness about HBV to the greater Asian American population around the Bay Area. She also does research in a nutritional science lab examining the impacts of a high cholesterol diet on various lipoproteins. She loves to travel and go hiking in her spare time. She is excited to working with O2I organization and meeting lots of new people.

Emily Su

Food Waste Reduction Researcher

Emily Su

Food Waste Reduction Researcher

Emily is currently a student at UC Berkeley, intending to study Economics and History. She discovered her passion for food equity after leading a tutoring program for elementary students lacking access to a stable food source. On campus, Emily is involved in FEED (Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development), Residence Hall Assembly, and Cal Table Tennis. She loves reading classic Russian literature in her free time and is excited to work with the rest of the team at Outside2Inside.

Jade Wong

Food Waste Reduction Researcher

Jade Wong

Food Waste Reduction Researcher

Jade is currently a third year student at UC Berkeley who is studying economics and minoring in food systems. She is originally from Southern California and grew up as an active volunteer and member of her community. She is very passionate about social justice, particularly regarding food insecurity and food waste and recovery. Jade is also involved as a Food Pantry volunteer, Orientation Leader, the Cal Alumni Organization, and Just for Kidz. Upon graduation, Jade hopes to find a career in which she can use her skills to make lasting, impactful change at the intersection of her interests in business and food. She is looking forward to working with O2I this semester as a consultant with FEED, a UC Berkeley student consulting group.

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.