India Community Center (ICC) today announced that Raj Desai has joined ICC as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Raj will be taking over for Pragati Grover, who recently decided to take personal time for family and travel. Raj assumed the role on May 1, while Pragati transitioned from the organization on May 15.
“While I have been involved as an adviser for many years, I’m excited to be part of the ICC family as its CEO. What really attracted me to ICC is not just the fact that it’s secular but also that the leadership truly cares about making a positive difference in people’s lives,” said Raj.
Prior to this role, Raj spent 40 years as an entrepreneur and executive building global teams. His career has spanned roles at an early stint at Coopers & Lybrand UK, becoming a member of British Telecom’s management team and starting his own commercial printing business, which in turn acquired a number of related businesses. He last served as Executive Director of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), the world’s largest entrepreneurship organization, for a period of 9 years.
“I can think of no one better to lead India Community Center. Raj’s experience as a successful entrepreneur and later as the Executive Director of TiE has given him a unique perspective into the community. That combined with his passion for community makes him the perfect choice for the CEO of ICC,” said Anil Godhwani, the ICC Co-President and Co-Founder.
In addition to his leadership role at ICC, he also serves as Strategic Advisor to Northeastern University – Silicon Valley Hub.
India Community Center (ICC) is the largest Indo-American community organization in the U.S. ICC’s mission is to promote Indian culture and values by providing social, cultural, recreational and community programs, thereby uniting the Indian community, and raising awareness about Indian culture in the local community. ICC has raised $30M+ from the community, and operates 3 facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area. The organization provides 500+ programs annually, including a preschool, summer camps, senior programs, medical and legal clinics, table tennis, youth and adult fitness programs as well as cultural and educational programs. ICC is a non-religious, non-regional, non-profit organization.