Monisha Kapila

Founder & CEO

Monisha is the Founder and CEO of ProInspire, a nonprofit that develops leaders at all levels for organizations addressing the world’s greatest challenges. Through fellowships, leadership development, and research, ProInspire works to ensure that social sector organizations have high performing leaders at all levels to achieve impact. Founded in 2009 and based in Washington, D.C., ProInspire runs programs in six cities across the United States. ProInspire partners include Accion, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Giving, Kiva, Kresge Foundation, National 4-H Council, Share Our Strength, Tipping Point Community, and Year Up, among others. ProInspire is a co-founder of Equity in the Center and the Impact Fellowships Summit. The Chronicle of Philanthropy named ProInspire one of 7 Nonprofits to Watch in 2015.

Prior to launching ProInspire, Monisha was a Senior Business Manager for Capital One. Previously, she was a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow with ACCION International, a pioneer in the commercial approach to microfinance. Monisha has worked with a number of leading nonprofits and for-profits throughout her career, including Citigroup, CARE, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, and the Clinton Foundation. She began her career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen. 

Monisha has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was recipient of the Dean’s Award, and a BBA with distinction from the University of Michigan. She received her Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Monisha has written extensively about Millennials, diversity, and nonprofit leadership. She has been published in Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Huffington Post, Next Billion, and other publications. Monisha has been recognized as Chronicle of Philanthropy 40 Under 40, HBS Leadership Fellow, American Express NGen Fellow, and National Urban Fellows America's Leaders of Change. Outside of work, she enjoys art projects with her young son and daughter, finding easy slow cooker recipes, and walking to work whenever she can.