Aru Chandorkar joined Washington Women’s Foundation (WaWF) in 2011. She has served as the chair of the Pooled Fund Grant Committee and the Impact Assessment Committee, and participated in the WaWF DEI training. Aru joined the Foundation impressed (and intrigued!) by the unique model of collective giving. She values the many learning opportunities and cherishes the connections made with fellow members over the years. Aru is proud to be part of a collective that is willing to have honest, thought-provoking and often difficult conversations, and seeks to learn and grow together while striving for a more lasting and meaningful impact. Aru has been a passionate and dedicated community volunteer for the past 25 years.
She is a founding member of Cultural Committee of Gurukul – an educational initiative to apprise children of Indian origin about the vibrant culture of India. She volunteered with YWCA Village and Hopelink in Redmond, and with Healthy Start, a parenting education and support program for young families in need. She was an active volunteer at her children’s schools, serving as PTA President and Board member.
Aru grew up in India and graduated with a Masters in Mathematical Statistics from Delhi University. She moved to the United States in 1988. Having raised a family in an increasingly diverse area, she is a strong advocate for effective collaboration and ensuring all diverse voices and opinions are heard. She loves long walks (rain or shine) and curling up with a good book with a steaming cup of ginger chai!