Trustee, Deshpande Foundation
Jaishree Deshpande is a trustee of the Deshpande Foundation. Along with her husband, Gururaj Deshpande, she shapes and approves the foundation strategies, reviews results and helps set the overall direction of their philanthropic efforts. Even before the Deshpande Foundation was formed, Jaishree had been actively involved in making a difference in the lives of others. She kept her commitment for ten years to cook at a neighborhood shelter the first Saturday of every month and adopted many families during the holiday season. She received the Citizens Who Care award from the Rotary Club of Andover in 2002.
The Community Service program at the Chinmaya Maruti Mission in Andover, Massachusetts was launched by JaishreeDeshpande. She serves as a trustee for the Museum of Science, Boston. She is the current co-chair of the Museum's Women in Science Committee. She is also actively involved with the HESTIA Fund, a fund established to support quality after school programs for low income children in the Boston area. Jaishree worked for the National Aeronautical Laboratories and the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore, India until 1980 before moving to Canada. She worked for several Massachusetts high-tech companies after moving to the United States and has taught several college level courses in computer science.