Aarati Kasturirangan, Bread & Roses Community Fund

TITLE: Director of Programs

FOCUS AREAS: Racial equity, economic opportunity, social justice, criminal justice reform

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PROFILE:  Aarati Kasturirangan is the director of programs at the Bread & Roses Community Fund in Philadelphia. She has been with the foundation since January 2015. She previously worked as a program officer for integration and impact for the American Friends Service Committee and was a stay-at-home mom. She also had her own consulting company for nine years.

Kasturirangan shares the following information about her current information and background in her LinkedIn profile:

Oversee grantmaking, capacity building, and convening for Bread & Roses grantees. Provide support for the Community Grantmaking Committee. Direct Service Learning Program.
I use my years of experience as counselor, educator, advocate, activist, and researcher to increase the impact of community organizations.

Her foundation bio shares: 

Aarati (Arthi) Kasturirangan joined Bread and Roses Community Fund as director of programs in January 2015.  She is a long time organizer, activist, educator, and  researcher in movements for gender justice, racial justice, climate justice and peace.  She has a Ph.D. in Community Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.   During her time in Chicago, Aarati co-founded the Chicago chapter of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence, and coordinated the 2002 Color of Violence conference.  In 2009, she moved with her family to Washington, D. C. where she was a stay at home mom, and leader of the Music Hour for her local MOMS CLUB.Since moving to Philadelphia in 2013, Aarati has worked with the American Friends Service Committee,building  connections between their program work across the country and the world.  In addition, she co-founded 350 Philly, a local effort to build a movement for climate justice here in Philadelphia.
Aarati lives in South Philadelphia with her husband Jonathan Lipman, and her two children Asha, age 6, and Eli, age 4.  As such you may find her on sunny days hanging out in Goldstar Park singing “Let it Go” at the top of her lungs with her children. Aarati is an aspiring gardener with a black thumb, a wannabe coffeehouse singer-songwriter, and a eerily accurate reader of tarot.

Learn more about her perspective in this Women’s Way interview and this AAPIP interview.