15925 Carmenita Rd

Cerritos, CA 90703

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executive.director@socal.tie.org

Maeesha Merchant

Chief Financial Officer and VP of Business Development at Colburn School

Member Bio

Maeesha is the CFO and VP of Business Development at the Colburn School. Prior to Colburn, Maeesha was the SVP of Finance and Operations, CFO and Chief Innovation Officer at California Institute of the Arts, CalArts. In her role as CFO|SVP she oversaw global initiatives, finance and accounting, analytics and IT, operations, facilities and HR. In addition, she was responsible for strategic planning and innovating new business models. Prior to CalArts, Maeesha spent twelve years as a management consultant and innovator. She has experience across multiple states, countries and industries (public sector, higher education, financial services, automotive). Her experience includes strategic planning, business process optimization, financial modeling, operating model design, implementation planning and execution. Maeesha has worked with several CXO clients to identify strategic imperatives and implement recommendations. She led successful business transformation efforts for the Human Services department in the State of Michigan and in New Mexico by leveraging both process and technology while emphasizing the importance of change management. Maeesha is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and founded her own education technology startup and served clients in Asia. She has worked with the XPRIZE Foundation to solve the world’s grandest challenges using disruptive and exponential technologies and enablers. She has developed offerings around the Future of Mobility / autonomous vehicles and its evolving innovator ecosystem. Moreover, she is greatly involved with the local community and has designed and implemented a high school curriculum for LAUSD to equip students with the knowledge and skills to leverage disruptive technologies. Prior to Deloitte, Maeesha worked for (Mercer) Oliver Wyman as a financial services strategy consultant across Asia, Europe and America. Maeesha graduated Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious Jerome Fisher Management and Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania with three degrees in Finance, Biomedical Science & International Relations.

Functional Area

Finance, Accounting, Strategic Planning, Capital Planning, Special Projects and Business Development

Domain

Financial Services and Business Development

Company Name & Logo

Colburn School