Gayatri was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and grew up in Stanford, CA, and Weston, MA. She is currently a joint degree candidate at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government (MPA in International Development) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (MBA). She is also the co-founder of earthenable, a social enterprise with a mission to improve the health and housing of low-income Rwandans.
Gayatri has previously worked as a Senior Consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, as an analyst with the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Liberia, an intern in launching the Subway sandwich brand in Kenya, a research consultant with the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, and Gates Foundation, and a volunteer with several local NGOs across the developing world (India, Namibia, Nicaragua, and Albania).
She holds a B.A from Harvard College in Economics, where she focused on international development and wrote her thesis on the price elasticity of demand for microcredit. At Harvard, she directed and founded a program under the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) called the Harvard College Youth Leadership Initiative (HYLI). Gayatri also coordinated and led 160 students on several Katrina relief service trips to the Gulf Coast under PBHA during three Harvard vacations.
In her free time, Gayatri enjoys running, classical Indian dance, playing tennis, vegetarian cooking, and watching the Red Sox.