Our Team

Executive Committee


Photograph_Ashish PatelMr.Ashish Patel(CEO)
Ashish joined CMCA in May 2014 as National Co-ordinator for the Civic Club Programme and mentor for the Curriculum Development & Communication domains. On January 1, 2016, he took over as CEO of CMCA.  Prior to CMCA, Ashish worked for over 20 years with Citibank in various functions spanning risk, operations, compliance and audit in Mumbai, Singapore, Tokyo and Bengaluru.  He left the banking world to pursue his long standing passion of spreading active citizenship by focusing on children. Ashish brings with him hands-on grass-roots experience of working in the local  community on issues of  waste management and re-juvenating common spaces with community participation. A Chartered Accountant and MBA by education, Ashish considers both Mumbai and Bengaluru as his home

Ms. Vrunda Rao Bhaskar ( Trustee)

Is a part of the founding team of CMCA, and has dedicated her life to the CMCA vision and mission, since its conception as a programme and joint initiative of Public Affairs Centre and Swabhimana in the year 2000. Under her leadership, CMCA has forged unique partnerships with local governments and corporate entities, sustained long-term relationships with member schools and volunteers, and has also been instrumental in building a team of passionate and committed full-time staff. Her exemplary ability to lead, inspire and motivate volunteers has made CMCA a shining example of voluntarism.

vinodini lulla

Ms. Vinodini Lulla(Treasurer, Trustee)

Is the founding coordinator of CMCA Mumbai. Under her leadership, CMCA Mumbai has grown and stabilized, forging sustained and long-term relationships with its member schools. Her association with Public Affairs Centre led her to join CMCA Mumbai as founding coordinator. Inspiring her volunteers with her dedication and tenacity, Vinodini Lulla has motivated her volunteers to ‘own’ the programme and drive CMCA with passion in their schools, embracing their ideas and bringing out their best.



priya krishnamurthy

Ms. Priya Krishnamurthy (Managing Trustee)

Is one of the co-founder’s of CMCA. She has a background in literature and journalism but discovered her calling in citizenship and democracy.With a deep belief in the innate goodness and potential of an open heart and mind, Priya found that the best place to nurture it is in our young, and joined CMCA as a volunteer in the year 2002.Through the years she has dedicated her time and talent towards designing the curriculum that lies at the heart of CMCA’s interventions. She is fondly called the “architect” of the curriculum and content in CMCA.Today, as CMCA stands strong with a grassroots program in place, she is focussed on enabling the organization to emerge as a leader in advocacy efforts to mainstream education for democratic citizenship and to build a relevant and responsive Resource Center for schools and colleges.


Director_manjunath sadashiva

Dr.Manjunath Sadashiva (Trustee)

He was with CMCA since its inception as a joint programmeme of Public Affairs Centre and Swabhimana. It was his conceptualization of the Civic Club model, in association with Ms. Vrunda Bhaskar that set the premise for the launch of CMCA in the year 2000. He has mentored and guided CMCA’s evolution into the organisation it is today. Before becoming Director of CMCA in 2011, Dr. Sadashiva was an advisor to CMCA and also held various positions with other organizations like South Africa based CIVICUS and Bangalore based civil society organizations like Public Affairs Centre, BOSCO, and Samwada etc. He was also visiting faculty at the Institute of Housing & Urban Development Studies, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Dr. Sadashiva holds a Doctorate in the politics stream and a PG Diploma in Regional Development Planning & Management from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, a PG diploma in Urban Management from IHS, Rotterdam and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Bangalore University.



Nagaveni Muniraj

Nagaveni Muniraj leads the administration and Finance department and has been with CMCA for over 12 years. She discovered her latent talents in accounts and administration during her stint as an accountant in CMCA’s earlier years. Nagaveni’s 12 year period at CMCA has seen her juggle various roles in the organisation.





Marulappa P.R

Marulappa P. R comes with 13 years of experience working in the social development and education sector. He has a Master’s and an M Phil Degree in Sociology .He believes in the power of civil society to influence and bring about change and is currently leading the regional school programme at CMCA. He is a voracious reader and also likes to engage in debates and discussions


Management Team

Flora Macaulay

Flora comes with extensive corporate experience and has been working with CMCA for over 4 years now. She brings with her expertise in management, strategy and planning. She is creative, reflective and a deep thinker, and is currently spearheading the Communications department at CMCA.Flora is an ardent food lover and an art buff.





Jeevitha currently  leads the youth department of CMCA.She has been with CMCA for over six years and believes that children and youth have the potential to bring about change in our country.Jeevitha’s key strengths lie in  planning, organizing events and documentation. Over the years she has built a strong bond with CMCA’s volunteers and keenly collaborates with them. Besides her passion for the cause, Jeevitha is passionate about travelling.




Josephine Joseph

Josephine, is a Consultant for Curriculum Development & Training and has been associated with CMCA since its inception. She is an Ecology and Environmental Sciences post-graduate. Her work interest lies in environment, civic and urban governance issues. She also enjoys writing for Citizen Matters as a citizen journalist and is passionate about up cycling old fabric and has her own line of up-cycled products. Josephine is also a founding Trustee of Iksha Foundation that supports children with eye cancer.

Head Office

Aishwarya Sankaranarayanan :Programme Officer (Curriculum & Content Development)

Anila Elizabeth :  Programme Officer ( Impact Evaluation)

Anilas Muhammed Kareem :  Programme Officer (Resource Mobilisation and Impact Evaluation)

Christine Rajchandra:Programme Officer

Devasena Manickam: Accountant

Dipa Padmakumar: Coordinator (Civic Friendly Initiative-CFI)

Flora Macaulay: Communications Lead

Gopi M: Office Assistant

Janardhan Kesargadhe:Consultant (CMCA Youth)

Jennifer Fatogun:Programme Officer (Policy Research &Advocacy )

Josephine Jospeh : Programme Consultant – Curriculum Development & Training

Jeevitha. J: Programme Officer (CMCA Youth & Civic Club Programme)

Nagaveni Muniraj: Coordinator Administration & Finance

Marulappa P R : Regional Head-Programs

Poornima Janardhan: Programme Consultant (Translation & Mentoring)

Priya Nambiar: Design Consultant

Rasika Lumba: Associate Coordinator (Civic Friendly Initiative-CFI)

Thippeswamy K T: Programme Consultant (CMCA Youth & Capacity Building)

Vivekananda M: Research Consultant

Bengaluru Government Urban and Rural School Program

Chandramathi S B : Senior Programme Associate

Manjunatha.G:Programme Associate

PrasannaKumara B:Programme Associate

Prathiba B.S : Programme Lead

Sathyanarayana .S :Programme Associate

Bengaluru Private School Program

Divya N.N Swamy:Programme Lead
Maneesh Nair:Programme Associate
Sheela Ladha :Honorary Associate (Volunteer Recruitment)

Mumbai School Program

Kalpana Prabhu :Programme Lead
Nita Rahul Ghadge : Programme Associate
Shirin Behzad Mehta : Consultant 
Yogesh Zagade:Office Assistant

Mysuru School Program

Bharadwaj P V :Advisor
Savitha.C :Programme Lead
Suneetha S  :Senior Programme Associate

Hosur School Program

Andrews Samuel:Programme Associate

Bharath R :Associate Programme Coordinator

Mohandass.A :Programme Associate

Hubballi Dharwad School Program

Geetha Salimath : Programme Lead
Gunjan A. Karjagi : Consultant
Lakshmi Madras : Assistant Programme Coordinator
Sundar Francis :Office Assistant
Supriya Dangannavar : Consultant

Nagpur School Program

Nisha Thakur : Programme Lead

Delhi School Program

Setu Modawal : Programme Lead

Bidadi School Program

Mohammed Shafi : Senior Programme Associate