Supriya Pillai has actively participated in social justice movements, domestically and internationally, for more than 15 years, working with grassroots organizations, philanthropic institutions, policy makers, legal analysts, academics, the United Nations, and governments at all levels. In 2011, she founded Vision and Ink, a consulting group to assist movement partners in strategy and implementation at a variety of levels. From 2008-2012, she served as the Executive Director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) the largest national intermediary committed to advancing youth organizing as a strategy for greater social transformation, particularly for low-income youth of color and their communities, growing the budget from $600,000 in 2008 to $2,000,000 in 2010. She designed, led and directed an annual $1,000,000 social justice grant making program, led the research and writing on several of FCYO’s signature publications and played a significant role in philanthropic advocacy to advance social justice.
Prior to joining FCYO, Supriya was the Program Officer for Asia at the International Women’s Health Coalition where she focused on providing grants and supporting sexual reproductive health and rights movements across the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia. In 1999, Supriya received a fellowship from the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help to conduct microfinance work in Guinea, West Africa, supporting women-run enterprises in rural areas. In 2002 she joined PSI, the leading international organization dedicated to social marketing and public health, working and living in West Africa and Cambodia. She has served on multiple boards and is currently a board member of the Global Fund for Women. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Gender and Development and The Nation.
Supriya holds a BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University.