Sumi Bhat-Kincaid, Director of Philanthropy, Upaya Social Ventures
Upaya is a global nonprofit organization focused on lifting people out of extreme poverty through sustainable job creation. Prior to joining Upaya in 2020 she helped raise awareness and expand financial support for nonprofit healthcare organizations working both in the US and abroad.
With specialties in corporate and foundation partnerships, she last served as Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer at Bloodworks Northwest, building strategy to increase institutional support around blood research, blood banking and transfusion services in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to Bloodworks, she spent nearly seven years at SightLife, a global health organization focused on restoring sight to the blind. Sumi was the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Partnerships, supporting SightLife’s programs in India, China, Nepal and Ethiopia.
Before joining the nonprofit sector, she specialized in customer care, logistics and planning in the transportation industry, where she established customer care systems and built customer service departments from the ground up. Sumi holds a BS in International Management from Butler University and an MPA from the University of Washington.