If you could have dinner with one person you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, a true change-maker whose methods I admire. Since she brought different communication/social styles, life experiences, and competencies to her work, Miss Marple reached people who the traditional system left unheard and used their voice in novel ways that set her results apart from the rest. Through her example, she was also able to create evangelists for her methods and affect significant change in the hearts and minds of the leaders of the traditional system in a non-confrontational and disarming way. The primary thought-leader and driver behind her investigations, Miss Marple was usually the epitome of humility and knew when to speak up and when to let others take the reigns.

If you could create your own social enterprise, what would it be and why?

My social enterprise would shift the typical funding models and decision-making structures of nonprofits to encourage more direct accountability to the individuals and communities they serve. Would welcome any thoughts on how to actually do this!

Host Site Overview

The Mission Asset Fund (MAF) is a San Francisco nonprofit organization working to expand access to financial services, savings, and investment opportunities for low-income and working poor families.

Host Site Project

Aparna is working to develop, design, and implement specific product improvements and making the case for MAF’s work through evaluation, which will increase the organization’s capacity to serve more clients at a lower cost as well as use analysis to improve MAF’s products and services.