Kiren Bansal

Kiren Bansal

Kiren Bansal

Kirenjeet (Kiren) Bansal, MA Global Affairs '12, is a nonprofit leader with two decades of experience in nonprofit leadership and social impact work. Her expertise spans business and development operations, program management, strategic planning, marketing and communications, volunteer engagement, CRM and digital technology, events and fundraising for local, regional, and international organizations. She is currently leveraging her extensive experience as an independent social impact consultant based in Santa Monica, California, and Cambridge, England, UK. Previously, she served as the associate vice president of development at Population Media Center, an international nongovernmental organization focused on women's rights and environmental sustainability.

 

Bansal is passionate about creating a more equitable and just society where BIPOC communities are fully embraced and can thrive safely. She is also very interested in the intersection of the arts, story-telling and social change. Bansal credits Mason with boosting her confidence and providing the affirmation needed to continue her work in the global nonprofit sector. She encourages other first-generation students who may be hesitant about pursuing a graduate degree while working full-time to, "Take the leap! It's a lot of work, but with dedication your sacrifice will pay off.” 

 

Bansal was part of the inaugural cohort of graduate students in Mason’s MA in Global Affairs Program. She also completed study abroad experiences in Argentina and England, including a semester at Oxford University, where she researched nonprofit organizations in Europe. “It helped make me a better writer and more analytical about social structures that influence social impact work in different geographical and cultural contexts."


Bansal helped launch the Mason alumni chapter in the greater Los Angeles area and is a member of the CHSS Alumni Chapter Board. A lifelong learner, she is currently pursuing a Master's in Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge.