Riana Shah, Principal

Riana Shah is the Co-Founder of the GT Capital Labs, a social innovation center that runs an impact investment fund for entrepreneurs in low-income communities in India, and the Founder and CEO of  Independent Thought and Social Action International (ITSA), an education reform venture that works with school districts to implement critical thinking and youth-led social entrepreneurship in curricula. ITSA has worked with 20,000 students and teachers across 19 cities and 11 countries, and has received funding from the Davis Projects for Peace Prize, the Eugene Lang Foundation, and Google. Riana's social entrepreneurship work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Women of Influence Magazine, and Google's Generation In Project. She has spoken at the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and at the International Forum on Child Welfare. 

Riana has led projects for the impact investing firm, Village Capital, for the D.C. Public School System, and has served on the Community Advisory Board at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Currently she serves on the board of Summer Search, a nonprofit that helps low-income students with high-potential to break systemic barriers of racism and become leaders in their community.  

Riana also serves as a Consultant and Senior Business Analyst for The Advisory Board Company (ABC) where she serves as a strategic adviser to university business officers on their data-driven decisions. Riana is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the People of Color Affinity Group and of the Social Innovation Cause Community at ABC. 

She holds a B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, and Educational Studies from Swarthmore College.

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