Viji Sundaram is a San Francisco-based journalist.
She has an MS in Journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Stella Maris College in Chennai, India. A veteran journalist, she is currently the health editor with New America Media, a web-based news service for the ethnic media in the United States. Over the years, she has won eleven journalism awards, the majority of them for investigative reporting.
Sundaram is also the co-founder of Narika, a San Francisco Bay Area-based helpline for South Asian victims of domestic violence.
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Radha Savaram is a software professional in Southern California.
She attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Savaram grew up in a household full of cats and dogs in Chennai, India. She spent her summer vacations at her ancestral family farm in a village in southern India, where she observed at close quarters the interdependent, yet harmonious and respectful relationship between the farmer and his livestock. Later, she volunteered with animal welfare organizations.
At home, she indulges her pet cat, Kobe, and helps him with his blog.
Mary earned an Executive MBA from St. Mary’s College, Moraga (California) after realizing that her BA in art history from U.C. Santa Cruz made her only semi-employable. Much of her career has been spent doing speechwriting, media relations, and employee information for global high-tech firms. She worked in Hong Kong for five years, and grew up in Malawi, Italy, Pakistan, Yugoslavia, England, and the U.S. She is a pioneer in beach microplastics cleanup in the East Bay (San Francisco Bay Area).
Mary was a founding board member of Paw Fund, an East Bay nonprofit that provides free or low-cost vaccination and sterilization for the pets of homeless and low-income people. She is on the board of Point Isabel Dog Owners (a 35-year-old nonprofit with more than 5,000 members). She co-founded and leads Albany Landfill Dog Owners Group (ALDOG), which is focused on recreation, education, and the environment. In 2017, ALDOG was awarded an Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program grant to conduct the East Bay’s first big beach microplastics cleanup.
Tirumala Ranganath retired from the high-tech sector in Silicon Valley in 2015, after working variously as an engineer in such companies as Intel, Hewlett Packard and Agilent.
Over the years, he has supported a number of animal conservation and welfare organizations here in the U.S, in Africa and India. Now, he is eager to invest his time and energy in an “organization that is involved in improving the condition of stray dogs in India.”