Saheli Names Savitha Rajiv and Nadia Madden as Co-Exec. Dirs.

Savitha Rajiv, left, and Nadia Madden
October 17, 2017 — Saheli, a Burlington-based nonprofit that works against domestic violence and seeks to empower South Asian women and their families in New England to live safe and healthy lives, recently announced that Savitha Rajiv and Nadia Madden have been named co-executive directors.

Rajiv will be responsible for community relationships and media strategies, and Madden will oversee financial management, strategic planning, and development.

“As the need for Saheli’s free services to the South Asian community continue to grow rapidly, we are fortunate to have these two talented women join our staff,” said Gouri Banerjee, board member and past board president of Saheli was quoted in India New England News.. “It is our sincere hope that they will guide us skillfully into the next phase of Saheli’s growth.”

Rajiv, who initially focused on a career as a software engineer, acquired nonprofit experience while volunteering for the North South Foundation, a nonprofit organization that conducts educational bees in the US and uses funds to provide scholarships to children in India.

"She will be overseeing the domestic violence advocacy program, building strong community relationships as well as increasing the visibility of Saheli," the paper reported. "Her goal is to reach every South Asian family in the state of Massachusetts facing domestic violence, and empower them to lead healthy and happy lives, free of violence."

Rajiv has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bangalore University and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Tufts University.

Madden has been involved with nonprofits since 2004 when she co-founded WatSan, which helps Indonesian women and their families improve environmental conditions in slum communities.

She also worked for several years at the Union of Concerned Scientists, gaining experience in nonprofit operations, grant management, and financial oversight.

Madden will be working to transition Saheli from a volunteer-run organization to a professional nonprofit. She began volunteering for Saheli last June.

Madden has a Madden from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science from the University of California-Berkeley.

Founded in 1966 a women's interest group within the largest immigrant serving group in Massachusetts called the India Association of Greater Boston, Saheli has since added three service centers and four part-time staff members. It offers survivors of domestic violence a variety of free services, including community programs for immigrants and families from all over the world, and provides financial aid to manage a domestic violence incident, funds to develop workplace skills, free computer and financial literacy classes, and free counseling from two licensed counselors and social workers.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2015, Saheli reported $100,455 in revenue, of which $45,540 came from contributions and grants, and $74,622 in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.