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The human behind NamasteData

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Hi there! I'm Meena. I'm a human-fi data equity consultant for nonprofits and social impact agencies. I have a decade+ of experience in the Tech and Nonprofit industry. I support nonprofits in raising money sustainably.
Here are 7 things about me:
  • After working for years in data, my work today is designed on the belief that data is that beautiful, powerful thing with which everybody – regardless of our individual identities in this complex world – deserves a meaningful relationship. And the value of that data is not merely in the what but the why (its purpose).
 
  • I am hyper-focused on intentionality behind everything we do with data – because that's not just numbers, charts, and tables. That data represents people, context, history, and perhaps the pain of those we missed to collect.
 
  • That intention translates to everything from consulting (on data collection projects) to workshopping and speaking (on data equity and human-centric artificial intelligence).
 
  • Building community, pushing for continuous earning, and remembering my roots are my most important values in building my work. The truth is, if this work needs to be sustainable for our long-term health, we need to live our values in our actions. An example is - my elaborate self-retreats to remember where I come from before jumping where I want to go.
 
  • I gladly repeat this throughout a project lifecycle to every collaborator: "Let us each play by our strengths". My goal here is two-fold: one, to encourage each individual to recognize and articulate their strengths, and two, to trust in each other's strengths.
 
  • I am grateful for the work we collectively do in this industry because it allows us to explore our humanity deeply – to care and believe in justice, causes, and changes – all patiently for the long-term future.
     

 

 

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Listen to my why in this podcast episode

What makes this work possible?

Community.

Take a look at what I mean.

  • Associate Director, Fundraising Research and Analysis
       VGH UBC Foundation​
  • Consultant (Analytics and Surveys)
       Campbell and Company​

  • Data Analyst II
       Amazon​

  • Program Manager
       Microsoft​

  • Research Analyst and Graduate Assistant
       University of South Florida, Tampa​

  • Associate Consultant
       Oracle​

my life before NamasteData

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