Impact 100 members and leaders have made diversity one of its top strategic priorities. In January, the Board of Directors created a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) committee to drive this goal, and appointed Deepika Andavarapu to the board as DEI committee chair. Deepika has been an Impact 100 member for 2 years.

The 21-member DEI committee recently drafted these 2019 strategic goals:

• Membership: Build a membership more reflective of the community we serve. Increase our diversity in terms of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and life experiences.
• Education & Awareness: Increase our awareness and understanding of systemic racism and implicit bias.
• Grant making: Ensure we are using a racial equity lens in our grant making.

“We are diving head first into each of these areas and want to welcome all Impact 100 members to explore these topics with us,” says Andavarapu. Feel free to reach out to her at if you would like to be part of these important conversations.