Shruti Sehra

Managing Partner, Reimagine Learning Fund and Early Learning Fund

Shruti is a Managing Partner at New Profit, where she co-leads both the Reimagine Learning and Early Learning Funds. In these roles she facilitates collaboratives of social entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, policy influencers, and members of the creative/entertainment community aligning actions to fundamentally reimagine the future of learning in America. Prior to that, Shruti led New Profit's portfolio management practice, ensuring organizations were receiving the support and resources they needed both from New Profit and from the Monitor Institute (now part of Deloitte Consulting) through pro-bono strategic engagements. She also led efforts to measure, evaluate, and report aggregate and organization-specific performance. In addition to fund management responsibilities, Shruti currently serves on the boards of ANet, New Teacher Center, and Peace First, supporting their efforts to create and execute against aggressive plans to accelerate their impact.

Shruti’s family has a history of giving back to communities in different ways with courage and perseverance. Her grandmother was the ad-hoc matriarch of the neighborhood in India where Shruti’s mother grew up. Among other things, Shruti’s grandmother enlisted a local gynecologist to work with the domestic worker community to provide education and assistance with family planning, and to help break the cycle of poverty perpetuated by high fertility rates and overpopulation. Shruti’s father was born in Multan, a region of South Asia known for producing people with courage in the face of all kinds of danger. She feels that this combined background necessarily led her to New Profit where she now has the opportunity to work daily to boldly forge new paths to drive poverty alleviation and social justice.

Shruti joined New Profit in 2006 while finishing a joint M.B.A./M.P.A. Prior to graduate school, she managed a campaign for State Assembly in California while starting up a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping critically ill workers. Before that, she spent seven years working in the private sector, initially as an engineer at Honeywell, an aerospace engine manufacturer, and later in a series of quality management positions at Howmet Castings, an aerospace casting manufacturer, and Jabil Circuit, an electronics manufacturing services company. Shruti holds an S.B. in chemistry from MIT, an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and an M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School.

When not rigorously pursuing social change, Shruti meditates, loves cooking-especially trying out new dishes-and works hard to spoil her nieces.

Q&A

  • What is your favorite quote?

    "Doubt poisons the will"

  • What book(s) are you reading?

    The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

  • What is your newest hobby?

    I recently discovered an interest in painting. I love it; it takes my mind to a totally different place and lets me explore and enhance my creative side.