Mala Nagarajan: Consultant

“As a young adult, I became more actively involved in volunteering with social justice organizations, serving and advocating for women, people with disabilities, and queer people of color. What most influenced my perspective was growing up in an immigrant family, having a mother who spoke very little English and became deaf when I was seven, and having a father who was a public servant all his life. What inspires me the most is making a positive difference in real people’s lives and driving social change and transformation – in me, in you, in the people we work with, and the communities we serve.”

I’m a nonprofit strategist and social entrepreneur with more than 20 years of management, technology, and organizational development (OD) experience spanning the public, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors. I am driven by a vision of strong organizations working collaboratively toward a common social purpose. I’m an organizational development geek at heart, and I see my work as learning with you and providing you adaptive capacity and an external perspective.

Whether you are a community-based organization, a national coalition, or international NGO, as a thought partner and resource expert, I aim to increase your impact by improving your people and organizational systems. My organizational consulting focuses on people/human resources and technology management, and how these systems integrate with the rest of your key organizational activities – programs, communications, financials, and resource development. This includes helping to build your capacity in strategic planning and thinking, sustainable infrastructure growth, and data-driven evaluations and assessments.

I work with strategic leaders who value building and sustaining the collective capacity the people doing the work and who are committed to longer-term engagements that build a strong practice of deep reflection and learning, innovation, connection, and action into their organizational culture and DNA.

Mala lives in Rockville, MD.