ANISHA Anantapadmanabhan, Senior ASSOCIATE
Anisha is an urban planner, passionate about how cities are run and serve the people who live in them. Having worked in both the developing and developed contexts, she has always seen her career through the lens of making an impact. Anisha started her career as a financial analyst at Citigroup, where she was exposed to the emerging field of microfinance as a tool for supporting low-income communities through market-based approaches. Her curiosity about the field of international development led her to quit her day job—ever since, she has worked with mission-based organizations, such as TrickleUp, IFMR Trust and Pudiyador, on key issues including poverty alleviation and rural education.
After being selected as a ProInspire Fellow, Anisha led work in the Strategic Planning and Analysis division at FHI360, where she focused on global health projects. Post fellowship, she joined the World Resources Institute as their institutional Manager for Results and Operations. Bringing together her varied skill sets and experiences, she thoroughly enjoyed evaluating projects at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. At graduate school, she developed a deep interest in environmental finance issues, specifically focused on water resources planning and management. Anisha most recently managed the Urban Water program at Ceres, advocating for water utility business models, planning approaches and investments that support a more sustainable, resilient and water-secure future.
Joining Quantified Ventures was a seamless next step for Anisha, as her role bridges her background in both finance and city planning. As a member of the Environment Team, she is engaging closely with cities on the benefits of green infrastructure and climate resilient solutions to water management, through pay for success financing techniques under the environmental impact bond model.
Anisha holds a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University. A trained vocalist in Indian classical music, Anisha loves to indulge in traditional forms of art and culture.