Anita Ramachandran is the Executive Director of MicroMentor, a global small business mentoring platform where under-resourced entrepreneurs and women small business owners from all over the world access business mentoring at no cost to them. MicroMentor is a social enterprise within the global organization, Mercy Corps, where she has been for the last 9 years. She has over 25 years of combined Non-Profit (NGO) and corporate management experience across a wide spectrum of industries and countries. She’s an entrepreneur, problem-solver, and changemaker, passionate about mentoring and personal growth.
Originally from India, she came to the United States at the age of 18. Her experience as an immigrant, young mom at the age of 19, finding creative ways to seek an affordable education from community colleges to State schools, and finding her voice in the South Asian community as the co-founder of SAWERA, an organization that supported women affected by domestic violence, to her journey as a social entrepreneur leading MicroMentor, have all taught her numerous life and leadership lessons. She’s excited to be a part of such an incredible mission at Virginia Garcia. Most importantly, she is honored to connect with and learn from others on the board and the organization as a whole.
Anita is a mother of two young women, Shaila and Sagarika, loves to cook Indian food, and share her life journey with dear friends and be of service to her community. She has called Portland home for over 25 years and enjoys all the quintessential Portland activities - hiking, wine tasting, great food and time at the Oregon coast. She was the recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s Women of Influence award in 2019 and was named Exceptional Woman for selfless service by the Chetana Foundation in Portland, Oregon. Anita received a bachelor of science in Environmental Science and Economics, Summa Cum Laude, and a MBA, Magna Cum Laude, from Portland State University.