Rajiv Vinnakota is the Executive Vice President of the Youth & Engagement division at the Aspen Institute, a new venture focusing on youth leadership development, civic engagement, and social justice. Prior to the Aspen Institute, Raj was the co-founder and CEO of The SEED Foundation, the nation’s first network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools for underserved children. Raj remains on the board of The SEED Foundation. Raj is a board director for Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX) and he recently was elected to be a Director of The Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation. Raj is also a founding board member of Path Forward, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to get people back to work after they’ve taken time off to care for a loved one. Path Forward works with companies to create mid-career internship opportunities for people to re-enter the paid workforce. He is also a former trustee and executive committee member for Princeton University, former national chair of its annual giving committee, and former executive committee member for its Aspire capital campaign.
Raj is an Echoing Green fellow and an Ashoka fellow. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in molecular biology and also earned a certificate of studies from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs & Public Policy. In 2009, Raj received the Woodrow Wilson Award, the highest honor that Princeton bestows on an undergraduate alumnus. Raj is married and has one daughter and two cats. He loves basketball, working out and learning from his daughter.