Our Staff


Simrit Patel is our Director of Development. She most recently served as the Executive Director of an arts organization in the Chicagoland area, having previously worked with several non-profits as staff / board member. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Simrit earned her bachelor’s degrees in economics and Psychology from Northwestern University, followed by a law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law. She co-founded and served as Music Director for Brown Sugar, the first Indian fusion a cappella choir at Northwestern University.

Jitesh Jaggi is our Office Manager/Program coordinator. Jitesh’s experience spans across roles in investment banking and nonprofits. In his role with an NGO he mentored underprivileged kids from the slums of Mumbai. He has planned, coordinated and hosted urban arts and cultural events for organizations and nonprofits in the youth development sphere. He has conducted storytelling workshops for design students at the University of Illinois and for the faculty at the Wake Forest University School of Business and scored two consecutive wins at the premier storytelling event, The Moth.