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Priya Shanker

Executive Director

Priya Shanker is the Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. In this role, she leads the center’s day to day operations, and is responsible for its overall growth and fiscal performance. Priya works closely with the center’s faculty directors, board and staff team to implement its strategy and vision to create a shared intellectual space where scholars and practitioners develop inter-disciplinary and cross sector research and ideas to advance social change.

Prior to joining Stanford PACS, Priya spent over a decade working with a diverse array of for-profit and social impact organizations in the US, India, Ghana and China. Much of her career has been dedicated to strengthening the policy and operational infrastructure for philanthropy and social innovation around the world through programs and partnerships that leverage diverse resources to enable long-term impact.