Rishi and Anuja Jaitly are co-founders of Michigan Corps
, a social network for local and global Michiganders committed to change in Michigan.
Michigan Corps' Founding Corps Members include: Google Chair and CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt; Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Dick Enberg; CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides; Former Digg CEO Jay Adelson; Skoll Foundation President Dr. Larry Brilliant; and Sun Microsystems Founder and Former CEO Scott McNealy.
In 2011, Michigan Corps was named a semifinalist for the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurs worldwide. To date, the Michigan Corps community has connected business entrepreneurs with mentors, helped students generate ideas for community change, built public policy capacity among social entrepreneurs, and set the stage for the arrival of several nationally-regarded innovators in Michigan.
Rishi and Anuja initiated and led Michigan Corps' launch of Kiva Detroit
, a microlending effort for Detroiters that was heralded by former President Clinton and represents Kiva.org's first locally-organized effort in the United States.
In 2010, Rishi and Anuja were appointed to Michigan Governor-elect Rick Snyder's bipartisan economic development transition team.Rishi Jaitly
Rishi is a director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
, where he directs the foundation's investments in Detroit and works with leaders across the country to advance Knight Foundation's national mission of informed and engaged communities. In 2011, Rishi was named by Crain's
as one of Detroit's "Top 40 Leaders Under 40".
After serving one year as CEO of Michigan Corps, Rishi is now the organization's board chair.
From 2009 through 2010, Rishi was director of strategic partnerships and public policy at College Summit
, America's premier social change organization increasing college enrollment rates in high schools. College Summit, which activates networks of students to build college-going cultures within schools, was named U.S. Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2009 World Economic Forum conference in Davos. At College Summit, he brought together a coalition of cross-sector leaders, including the CEOs of PepsiCo, Google, Deloitte, and Princeton University, to ensure college proficiency is a success measure for the American K-12 education system.
Prior to joining College Summit, Rishi was a Google executive living in New Delhi, India, where he was head of government affairs and public-private partnerships for the company across South Asia. There, he led philanthropic projects with partners like Ashoka India, conducted public policy advocacy, overturned Internet censorship in Pakistan and Bangladesh, mobilized India's top political parties to use the Internet for the first time, and led the development of Google's first ever election-transparency and citizen-empowerment product.
Previously, while based in Silicon Valley, Rishi supported Google's worldwide public policy advocacy efforts from Lansing to Paris, led Google.org's product development work with the United Nations, and supported communications for Google's CEO.
Earlier in his career, Rishi has served as coordinator of public policy and government affairs at College Summit and commissioner of the New Jersey State Commission on Higher Education.
He is a graduate and former trustee of Princeton University and also a recipient of Princeton University's Class of 1901 Medal.
Anuja Jaitly is executive director of Michigan Corps.
From 2008 through 2010, she was senior intrapreneur at Ashoka
, the largest and most recognizable organization promoting social entrepreneurship worldwide. At Ashoka, Anuja led the development of India's first commercially-viable slum housing solution in the city of Ahmedabad. After opening Ashoka's first office in Ahmedabad, she coordinated the development of market-driven low-income housing solutions across India, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Egypt from Ashoka's global headquarters in Washington D.C.
Her past experiences include a stint at the U.S. Department of Education, where her work centered on improvements in math and science education, and a later tenure at Cornell University's Office of Government Affairs where she helped shape the university's advocacy on student financial aid and research grants. Outside the United States, Anuja has worked on providing access to higher education for refugees and distributing knowledge regarding the right to an education in South Africa. Later, she led the planning, local capacity building, and implementation of a World Health Organization study in Uttar Pradesh to understand how best to eradicate the most dangerous strain of polio remaining in India. In 2008, Anuja developed and initiated the implementation of a branding strategy for Deepalaya, one of North India's largest NGOs focused primarily on developing self-reliance in children residing in India's slums.
She is a former director of Dance Marathon, one of the largest student-run non-profit organizations at the University of Michigan. From 2003 to 2005, she was part of the leadership team that raised both monetary support and awareness for the needs of pediatric rehabilitation programs in Michigan; in total, she contributed to nearly $500,000 of support for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor and Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
Anuja studied education and international development at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has a B.S. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from the University of London.