Founder | Acumen Civic Accelerator
Ayesha Khanna, Founder – enjoys working with others, across sectors, to develop and invest in solutions to challenging social problems. In 2012 she founded the Civic Accelerator which supports and invests in social entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures working to address the most critical social challenges including inequity, lack of financial and digital inclusion, and access to learning and education.
After a decade with Points of Light, in 2019 Ayesha led the Civic Accelerator team in joining Acumen to become the Acumen Civic Accelerator. Acumen is a global community changing the way the world tackles poverty by building a pipeline of leaders and catalyzing entrepreneurs. The Civic Accelerator expands this effort by offering an in-depth curriculum and a peer learning and investment model to distribute capital to early-stage innovators. It connects corporate assets to venture teams, engaging across sectors to ensure success.
Over the course of her career, Ayesha has had the opportunity to lead nonprofit, for-profit and political organizations. While a president with Points of Light, Ayesha incubated several internal businesses and led the organization’s global expansion to 36 countries. Her diverse accomplishments include: launching Fuse Corps, a nonprofit pairing executive fellows with local governments to tackle key public issues; co-leading Atlanta Women for Obama in 2008; transforming leading regional nonprofits, the YWCA and United Way; and building healthcare centers in central India. She began her career at Andersen Consulting Strategy (now Accenture).
She enjoys serving on community-based boards and living with her husband and daughter in one of Atlanta’s dynamic urban neighborhoods.