Senior Advisor, Climate Change and Health
Vinita leads our climate resilience and environmental justice efforts, centered on building power and leadership of frontline communities. Trained as an architect and an urban planner, Vinita brings into her engagements her intersectional experiences working to align place-based infrastructure improvements with community needs and aspirations, particularly for vulnerable populations who can be adversely affected by planning policies.
Through her work, Vinita is most interested in validating the personal and community-based experiences of those most impacted, but also in engaging people and building capacity to create alternate pathways that center on communities’ priorities. In her previous role at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Vinita initiated and prioritized the foundation’s strategic leadership and investments in supporting shared equity housing models in the Peninsula-South Bay region and co-led efforts to launch the Peninsula-South Bay Community Preservation Lab to advance systems level efforts in addressing housing displacement. At SVCF, Vinita also co-led advocacy efforts for progressive revenue mechanisms for transportation-related infrastructure in the region. Previously in the public sector, including at the City of Oakland, the Association of Bay Area Governments and the City of Seattle, Vinita led efforts to win broader consensus and streamline processes for the integration of social equity concerns in several of her programs and projects.
Vinita pursued a bachelor’s in architecture from the Government College of Architecture in Lucknow, India, and earned her master’s in city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley. An independent researcher and writer in her other time, Vinita is also an avid learner of dance.