OUR TEAM

ERIN ZAIKIS

Founder and Head of Operations 

Erin Zaikis is the Founder of Sundara. Raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, she graduated from the University of Michigan's Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.  Erin has lived in India, Thailand, Israel and New York before making the Upper West Side in NYC her home.

 

She loves Afrobeats, blogs about Asian desserts and hangs out with her cockapoo Yoshi in her free time. Her favorite part of working at Sundara is feeling connected to people around the world who are trying to make their communities healthier and safer.

 

She is a Forbes 30 Under 30 (Social Impact - 2018), is a Summit Series Fellow, has been recognized by the Huffington Post, ONE, CNN, BBC and the Clean India campaign and has spoken at universities and conferences across the US, Canada and Europe, including a Tedx talk.

MICHELLE FUSCO

Executive Director

Michelle Fusco is the Executive Director of Sundara. Originally from Toronto, Canada she comes to Sundara with a Postgraduate degree in International Development and an Honours BA in Global Studies and Communication Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.

 

She brings 12 years of experience in nonprofits and international development, having previously worked in South Africa, El Salvador and Nepal. Michelle has spent extensive time at Sundara's India and Uganda operations, deepening her ability to work across different cultures and to ensure Sundara’s programming tackles complex issues and concerns voiced by our beneficiaries themselves. The highlight of her time with Sundara is spending time connecting with our hygiene ambassadors on the ground and working alongside an incredible team of women to co-found RISE.

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ALI SASSOON

Director of Operations

Ali currently resides in New York City and is a Program Manager working in innovation and research for emergency response programs at the International Rescue Committee. Previously, Ali studied Arabic, Economics and Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington DC, and has WASH and research field experience in Myanmar, the Middle East and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Her passion for travel combined with her desire for a cleaner and healthier world is one of the many reasons why she is so happy to be a part of the Sundara team! 

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ALI SASSOON

Director of Operations

Ali currently resides in New York City and is a Program Manager working in innovation and research for emergency response programs at the International Rescue Committee. Previously, Ali studied Arabic, Economics and Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington DC, and has WASH and research field experience in Myanmar, the Middle East and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

 

Her passion for travel combined with her desire for a cleaner and healthier world is one of the many reasons why she is so happy to be a part of the Sundara team! 

LAUREN LEWIS

Program Associate

Lauren is based in the North of England and is currently in the final year of her Politics with Global Development degree in Leeds. She has experience working for international charities in Ghana, Nepal, South Africa, as well as the UK. 

 

She first found Sundara while volunteering in India and saw the potential that Sundara has to both empower women and to prevent illnesses. Inspired by her time spent in India, Lauren continues to support Sundara from the UK. Lauren taps into her creativity and keen attention to detail as she manages Sundara's social media platforms, marketing and communications.

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CONTACT US

54 West 74th Street #308
New York, NY 10023

info@sundarafund.org
(617) 791-7940 

Sundara is a US IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. 
EIN# 46-5114363 

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