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Chief Philanthropy Officer

Shikha Jain

Hailing from the Midwest, Shikha spent 10-plus years on both coasts before returning to Chicago and joining the team at Cara in 2014. She focuses on investor acquisition and cultivation and is charged with curating the Cara brand and donor experience. She previously had executive and strategy roles at Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, GLAAD, and Cara peer Chrysalis and holds degrees from University of Dayton and University of Illinois at Chicago. Shikha serves as a Founding Board Member for The Bernie Project, a binational organization that positively impacts the lives of vulnerable people in Uganda through holistic initiatives. She is excited to work with our key partners to ensure Cara donors are getting the best bang for their buck.
Shikha’s first gig: “Folding clothes perfectly and selling the GAP brand in my hometown’s mall.”

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