Age: 22
Home Town: Berkeley, California
Education: B.S. in Psychology and Public Health Science (Santa Clara University)
Specific Field Interests: Public Health, Social Impact, Communication
Placement: Prajwala Sangham, Hyderabad, Telangana
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Nithya graduated from Santa Clara University (SCU) in 2018 with a double major in Public Health Science and Psychology. While at SCU, she was awarded the Global Social Benefit Fellowship from the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Nithya and her research partner conducted action research to assess the social impact of Awaaz.De, a Gujarat-based social enterprise that created a mobile communication platform for other organizations in the development sector. They travelled to three Indian states, visited over 20 communities, and conducted 55 interviews over the span of two months. With that research, they developed social impact case studies detailing how clients use Awaaz.De's services, prepared recommendations to Awaaz.De, and created a mobile social impact assessment framework. Thrilled to return back to India as an AIF Clinton Fellow, Nithya can’t wait to return to Hyderabad, hone her Telugu speaking skills, and reconnect with family. In her spare time, she loves watching the Golden State Warriors, petting baby goats, and mastering the art of making dosas.

Posts by Nithya.Vemireddy


“Go Forth, and Set the World on Fire”

Ite inflammate omnia. Go forth, and set the world on fire. These words are commonly […]


The Price of India’s Caste System: The Case of Rohit Vemula

One day, I arrived at the office of Prajwala Sangham, listening to Kendrick Lamar while […]


So You Want to Switch from the Corporate to the Development Sector?

The Indian development sector is wide and diverse, filled with ideas, cultures, and people. It […]


Using Participatory Theater against Gender-Based Violence

All around the world, violence against women by men is a prevalent issue. In India, […]


My Field Visit to an Indian Prison

Blood, adrenaline, and lots of coffee ran through my veins as I stood outside the […]


Using Playback Theatre in Development

“Can you describe a feeling you have right now?” I entered Prajwala Sangham for the […]


Best of Both Worlds: My Journey to the AIF Clinton Fellowship

As a child, I watched Khabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham every night. I memorized Hrithrik Roshan’s […]

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