Age: 30
Home Town: Palo Alto, CA
Education: BA in Political Science, Seattle University. MBA focus in Managment, Seattle Univ.
Specific Field Interests: Economic Development and education
Placement: National Council on Skill Development, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Area of Focus: Livelihoods

Highlights: Gayatri Eassey is committed to making an impact and a difference in her community both in the United States and in India, both personally and professionally. She is passionate about education, democracy and women's empowerment. She enjoys traveling, taking pictures and spending time with friends and family. She is a dedicated advocate for educational equity and has worked for The College Success Foundation and as Associate Director for External Affairs for Seattle University's Career Services Office. She is the former Interim Executive Director for Career Services at Seattle University. Prior to working at Seattle University she served as Executive Director of City Year Seattle, and as special assistant for boards and commissions in the Office of Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire. She spent three years on the Seattle Community College Board of Trustees. She was the co-founder of the YWCA's Gen-Rising Committee, committed to engaging more young people in the critical work of the YWCA. Her additional experience includes work as a trainer for the National Democratic Institute in Amman, Jordan, preparing women to run for elective office. She has also served as political director for the Washington State Democrats. She recently completed a fellowship with the National Urban Fellows, America's Leaders of Change. She is a former board member for the Center for Women and Democracy, the Institute for a Democratic Future, and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Network. She was the Statewide President of the Young Democrats of Washington and a Fellow with the World Affairs Council of Seattle. She earned her MBA in 2012 and hopes to align her government and nonprofit background with her business education to support public private partnerships which provide mutual benefit and strengthen communities.

Posts by gayatrieassey


Dear India, I miss you already

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Life in a TCS Guest House

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Why Open Content Improves Education for All

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From Policy to Ground Reality

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Community Colleges in India

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Lighting of a Fire

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20 Rupees and 1 Hour

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It is entirely up to you

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Laughter and Light – Diwali in India

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Panipuri Party

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