BOSTON–Saheli Co-Executive Director Divya Chaturvedi, who served the Burlington, MA-based non-profit organization dedicated to women empowerment and anti-domestic violence for over four years, has left the organization and has joined Found in Translation as its New Executive Director.
“I’m thrilled to share with you that I am starting my new role as the Executive Director of Found in Translation, an organization dedicated to helping women realize their economic independence through the use of their language skills,” Ms. Chaturvedi said on her Facebook page. “As a passionate advocate for women’s empowerment, I couldn’t be more excited to lead this amazing organization and an incredible team who make a real difference in the lives of so many. I am truly excited to embark on this new chapter ahead.”
Found in Translation said that after an extensive search process, Ms. Chaturvedi joined the organization on May 1st, 2023. She succeeds Found in Translation’s Founder Maria Vertkin, who stepped down last fall.
“We are pleased to share that Divya meets all of our criteria; she brings considerable knowledge and experience working with immigrants and has been a passionate advocate for empowerment of women,” Found in Translation said on its website.
Ms. Chaturvedi has a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice (INP). Her previous work experience spans across countries in Asia and Africa as well as the United States. She has worked with diverse groups of people from different cultures and backgrounds. She has worked with various nonprofit and international development organizations such as UNDP, UN Woman, Ford Foundation, and the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) managing social impact projects, developing women’s leadership training curriculum, conducting gender research, and managing large-scale global microfinance projects aimed at reducing poverty levels among women.
Prior to joining Found in Translation, Ms. Chaturvedi served as a Co-Executive Director of Saheli Inc., a nonprofit serving immigrant survivors of domestic violence, a role in which she has demonstrated exceptional leadership and nonprofit management skills. She is a passionate advocate for the inclusion and language access of immigrant women in Massachusetts, particularly for immigrant women survivors of domestic violence. She has been a speaker at conferences and universities, sharing her knowledge and experience on these critical issues. In recognition of her dedication and commitment to empowering immigrant women, Divya was appointed by the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators to serve as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.