Board of Directors
Yasho Lahiri is a Partner in the Corporate group and Global Investment Funds practice in the New York office of DLA Piper LLP (US), where he directs its Institutional Investor Practice. DLA Piper is a global law firm with over 4,000 lawyers located in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. It strives to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to its clients. Yasho has almost a quarter century of experience as a business lawyer.
Yasho was born in Kolkata, India, and grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Lusaka, Zambia. He moved to the United States with his parents during high school, and is intimately familiar with the challenges facing Bengali-speaking and other immigrants to the United States.
Kalpana Nagampalli is an attorney at Feldman Law Group and is experienced in handling complex intellectual property issues involving patents, trademarks, and copyrights for a broad range of domestic and international clients, from large corporations to start-ups. As a student at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Indian Society’s Law College, Kalpana volunteered her legal services for non-profit organizations in U.S. and India. She believes in supporting the South Asian community through volunteering, donations and advocating for women rights.
Neeta Jain is a Program Manager for the Ad technology Platform at Amazon, where her focus has been to build technology products that will ultimately not only streamline end users’ ecommerce experience but also simplify their day-to-day lives. She graduated from University of Delaware in 2006 with a Masters in Computer Science degree. Since then, her professional career has spanned within the technology space, starting as a Software Engineer at a Silicon Valley startup to now in the Product Management team at Amazon New York.
Neeta is deeply committed to improving gender diversity in STEM fields within schools, specifically in the Computer Science program as well as in technology companies. She was an active member of the Computer Science girls club, CISTERS during her graduate school. Currently, Neeta is championing the Girls Who Code partnership at the Amazon New York location in summer 2017.
Her other interests include sports and dance, from the perspective of using these activities as tools to change the body language and empower women and young girls with confidence. In the past, she has also supported Women’s Education Project, NY and ASHA for Education, NY in their fundraisers. In 2016, she was part of the host committee for Sapna’s annual fundraiser, Festival of Dreams.
Debarati Roy is a journalist with Bloomberg News. Born and raised in India, she is a graduate of Sophia College in Mumbai, and earned a Masters Degree in economics from Bombay University. Debarati volunteered with India’s National Social Service, where she taught at an orphanage. She has also worked with and counseled patients at drug treatment facilities. Debarati started in journalism as a freelance reporter in India covering the film industry. She was employed by various publications before joining Bloomberg in 2004. She has worked with Kallol Women’s Forum, a non-profit focused on raising money for under-privileged children in India.
Ravali focuses on client services and business development activities at Pantheon Ventures in New York City. She covers large public pension plans throughout the United States. She was previously at Credit Suisse in Investment Banking focusing on Technology, Media and Telecom group. She graduated from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business with a major in Finance and a minor in public policy and management. In addition to her work with Sapna as their Fundraising Chair, Ravali is involved in Student Sponsorship Group and Minds Matter.
Meet Our Staff
Tehmina comes to Sapna NYC as a community organizer with experience in supporting diverse community organizing efforts throughout New York City. She was born and raised in Pakistan and studied International Studies at City College in Harlem. She is driven to build creative solutions to issues communities are facing, in full partnership with those communities.