Shailaja Akkapeddi is an independent consultant specializing in Nonprofit Capacity Building, Small business Development, and Gender and Development work. Her two main passions are working on initiatives involving resettled refugees in Salt Lake City with special focus on refugee women and grassroots NGOS that focus on marginalized women in India.
She has worked at the International Rescue Committee, Utah Micro Loan Fund, Women’s Business Institute at Salt Lake Community College and University Neighborhood Partners at the University of Utah. Her work includes one on one small business counseling, entrepreneurial curriculum development and group training, microloans, women’s economic empowerment workshops, management training for refugee community leaders, developing and piloting nonprofit capacity building incubator programs and outreach and advocacy for these programs. Her current work is focused on capacity development of NGOs through partnerships with foundations both in India and the United States.
Shailaja is a native of Mumbai, India. She came to Utah 30 years back for her graduate studies and stayed. She got her MBA and M.S. in Economics from Utah State University. She and her husband raised their two children in Salt Lake City and enjoy the Utah outdoors and mountains with their dog.