Vaishali is the Program Associate for the National Climate Action Initiative. She plays a lead role in coordinating deliverables and proposals across multiple-country driven projects across the initiative. She supports the overall NCA strategy, as well as targeted individual country strategies, and tracks individual project and country progress toward those objectives. She provides financial management and analysis support, as well as coordination of strategic planning, execution, and knowledge sharing among multiple teams working across the areas of national climate action, climate resilience, climate finance, and tracking greenhouse gas mitigation efforts.

Prior to working in the Climate Program, Vaishali was a Project Coordinator with the Governance Center at WRI, providing operational, financial, and administrative support to both the Land and Resource Rights and Gender and Social Equity Initiatives.

Prior to joining WRI, she consulted with StratSol to conduct gender assessments for USAID-funded grants, and served as the School-Based Account Manager and Operations Services Coordinator for The Princeton Review office in Washington D.C, Maryland, and northern Virginia.

Vaishali holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.

In her spare time, Vaishali enjoys watching college football, baking, building Lego, and traveling. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Gerardo.