Megha is President of the Desai Foundation, a public foundation that aims to elevate the health and livelihood of women and children through community programs in the U.S. and India. She is also the Founder of MSD (Marketing. Strategy. Dharma.), a branding and strategic partnership advisory serving social good brands
Megha is something of a curator of people, content and experiences. Prior to her work in impact and community development, Megha spent 10+ years in traditional advertising at some of the most prestigious firms in the world. Her work has been awarded five Cannes Lions, along with several other distinguished awards. She was a pioneer in the branded entertainment space bringing together brands and entertainment platforms across the internet, TV and film. She began MSD to work with brands with a social mission, or brands that wanted to integrate social responsibility into their mission. These brands included HP, NPR, ONE.ORG, 1 Hotels, award-winning musicians, and more.
Megha later became more involved in the Desai Foundation. She helped to transform the organization’s mission, work, and message leading to its transformation from a small family foundation to a robust public foundation. Her leadership has helped put the Desai Foundation on the map through heralded events, like Diwali on the Hudson and Lotus Festival, along with highly impactful programming leveraging strong partners on the ground in the US and India. The Desai Foundation focuses on sustainable development through vocational classes, health camps, community volunteer outreach, and sanitary napkin programs. The organization, to date, has impacted over a million lives in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Madhya Pradesh, India; Metro-Boston; and Harlem, New York.
Megha currently sits on the advisory boards of several start-ups and non-profits, including Take Two Academy, TYE Boston – TiE Young Entrepreneurs, and NPR’s Generation Listen. Megha was nominated for India New England’s Woman of the Year Award in 2017. Megha holds a B.A. in Economics from Barnard College of Columbia University and completed the Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Business School. Megha is a singer and a member of the Resistance Revival Chorus, which has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub and more. She is also a contributor for Boston Globe, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Entrepreneur Magazine, and an accomplished speaker. She is also a New England Patriots fan.