About Us

Our History

Shooting Stars Foundation began five years ago, with a young student channeling his passion and dedication to make a difference in his community. Now, his vision has spread across the globe, and transformed the lives of first-generation college graduates. Innovative high school leaders in the U.S. spearheaded campaigns to raise funds and sponsor financial scholarships for college scholars around the world. Propelled by donations, those college scholars intensified their dedication to academics and were free to pursue their dreams.

Our Team

Board of Directors

Latha Narayannan

Board Vice Chairperson

Brian McCann

Board Chairperson


Board Member

Uma Meyyappan

Board Member

Chris Gaebler

Board Member

Malai Muthu

Board Member

Nancy Brady Boyle

Board Member

Jayashree Sundaresan

Board Member

Damaris Harris

Board Member

Staff Members

Mariel Geron

US Program Manager

Melissa Hurtado

Program Manager

Committee Leadership

Subha Singaram

Portland Program

Meena Vellayapan

Donors Relations

Jagan Borra


Vidya Padmanabhan

Elisa Muresan

Officer Management

Una Krisnan

Priya Gurumoorthy

Subha Sriram

Making An Impact

How It All Started

When I was a 7th grader, bored over the spring break holidays, my mom insisted that I help my younger brother with his state tests – I came up with sample questions and gave him a refresher just before the exams. After seeing how I helped my brother, I received interest from a few family friends. They began to send their kids and said they would even pay for it!

After a couple of years, I was introduced to Akhil Ganti who in turn introduced us to a larger local community that helped us launch our non profit – Shooting Stars Foundation. The programs we offer to elementary school students locally started with common core curriculum and public speaking. It has now expanded to a variety of unique STEM enrichment programs. With the funds raised we sponsor college education in underdeveloped countries.

– Ajjit Chidambaram Narayanan, Co-Founder

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