Ayesha Khanna is the president of the Civic Incubator, which puts people at the center of change by supporting social entrepreneurs and early stage civic ventures around the world through programs such as the Civic Accelerator, Ventures in Residence and Global Service. The Civic Incubator is a division of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, engaging and mobilizing more than 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year.
In 2012, she launched the newest initiative – the Points of Light Civic Accelerator – in partnership with Village Capital and with founding support from PwC Charitable Foundation and Starbucks Foundation. The 12-week bootcamp-style program and investment fund supports and invests in early stage for-profit and nonprofit civic ventures that are achieving a social mission by engaging people.
Ms. Khanna has worked across sectors and led nonprofit, for-profit and political organizations. She is a co-founder of Fuse Corps, a nonprofit venture that matches experienced leaders with mayors to drive innovation as part of a12-month fellowship. She co-led Atlanta Women for Obama in 2008 and served as the finance director for candidate Lisa Borders in the 2010 Atlanta mayoral election. As the chief operating officer of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, she managed a $109 million budget and 240 staff across 13 counties, and as the CEO of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta successfully transformed the 100 year-old organization into the premier, nationally accredited organization for women and girls in the region. She began her career as a senior manager in strategic services at Andersen Consulting LLP (now Accenture) working in industries ranging from technology to consumer products.
Ms. Khanna is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia. Ayesha has served on various community organization boards and currently serves on the Fort McPherson Local Redevelopment Authority, The White House Project in Georgia and Fuse Corps Board of Directors. She is enjoying her 17th year residing with her husband David Edwards and their daughter in the Inman Park neighborhood in Atlanta.