Sumi is the Director of Philanthropy at Upaya Social Ventures, 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.
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