As the Vice President of The Fund, Chaula Gupta helps drive the organization’s strategic programming and initiatives and directly oversees its external engagement, operations and talent management work. Under her leadership, The Fund scaled its programs from serving twenty principals to nearly 300 over five years and leveraged its investments to grow several educator-serving startup organizations. In this role, she also helped launch The Chicago Principal Partnership and co-chaired a citywide education funders group focused on principal quality.
Chaula brings more than a decade of experience in social innovation. She began her career at Ashoka Innovators for the Public where she helped select social entrepreneurs for Ashoka’s global fellowship. Most recently she founded Teach For America’s Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Initiative which coached alumni entrepreneurs to push the boundaries for change country through innovative solutions to education challenges. Chaula built partnerships with incubators and seed investors across the country and helped alumni entrepreneurs raise more than $10 million collectively to launch new education ventures. Under her leadership, Teach For America launched an annual Social Innovation Award with a focus on early-stage entrepreneurs of color and created a virtual design-thinking training program.
Chaula serves on the board of GirlTrek, a national health movement serving over a million Black women, and on the board of directors of Chapin Hall, a nationally reputed pioneer in child and youth development research at the University of Chicago. She was selected to the 2020 class of the Leadership Greater Chicago Fellowship and to the 2017 class of Allstate Foundation’s Greater Good Fellowship for nonprofit leaders. Chaula speaks on social innovation, runs design-thinking workshops, and has served as a selector for Ashoka and Echoing Green fellowships. She graduated from Mumbai University with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications engineering and received a master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University. Chaula lives with her husband Nick Gupta, a management consultant, and their children Nirvan, Neeya and Niam in Glenview.