Currently residing in Livingston, New Jersey, Rao Chalasani previously worked for over 15 years as a business professional in New York. From 2009 to 2010, he directed trading risk management and business technologies for Bank of America (BofA) in New York, NY. Mr. Chalasani founded the Swarna Chalasani Economic Empowerment Fund, a charitable initiative that he named in honor of his sister who was killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
For more than a decade, the Swarna Chalasani Economic Empowerment Fund has provided critical financial assistance to survivors of domestic violence who want to better their futures through education. The Fund is administered through Sakhi for South Asian Women, a nonprofit organization that seeks to end violence against women. Sakhi dispenses Swarna Chalasani Economic Empowerment Fund grants that help women gain financial independence through academic and professional advancement.
The Swarna Chalasani Economic Empowerment Fund also provides educational support through the Swarna Chalasani Scholarship Fund, a program that helps survivors of abuse earn valuable licensing and vocational certificates. Sakhi supports two Swarna Chalasani scholarship cycles per year and distributes an average amount of $1,500 per awardee.