Kaberi Banerjee Murthy

Former staff

she / her
kaberi [at] mmt.org

If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.
Lilla Watson

Kaberi is driven by a passion to transform philanthropy to better serve and share power with historically underserved communities. 

Kaberi entered into the philanthropic sector in 2000 as a way to advance social justice and systems-level change and has worked in philanthropy at local, regional and national levels, leading grantmaking, programs and advocacy work.

“Philanthropy has the opportunity to re-envision how decisions are made and who is centered. The clear focus on equity, the lived experience of staff and leadership, and the commitment to walk the talk all brought me to Meyer to focus on equity and systems change.”

Kaberi served as the vice president of programs at the Brooklyn Community Foundation in New York; program director for Education, Civic Affairs and Arts & Culture at Crown Family Philanthropies in Chicago; education program officer for Jane's Trust and The Jessie B. Cox Charitable Trust in Boston; senior education program officer at the Picower Foundation in New York; and program officer for Education, Health, Community Development and Arts at Lloyd A. Fry Foundation in Chicago.

Kaberi is on the National Board of Neighborhood Funders Group and Philanthropy Northwest, and she is the racial justice co-chair and is on the national steering committee for the Education Funder Strategy Group. She is a past national board member for Grantmakers for Education and Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Kaberi served on the steering committee for the NYC Fund for Girls & Young Women of Color, as the co-chair of the New York Juvenile Justice Initiative and as a board member of the Crossroads Fund in Chicago. She was selected as a fellow in GEO Change Leaders in Philanthropy, Rockwood Art of Leadership and CF Leads Executive Leadership.

Kaberi currently serves on the board of the Portland Art Museum and is a part of the Class of 2022 Leadership Portland cohort. She has been a fellow at Leadership Greater Chicago, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Coro Leadership New York.

She graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a B.A. in History and Women's Studies and from Harvard University with an Ed.M. focusing on issues of access and equity for students of color. She lives in Portland with her husband and two sons. 

Kaberi joined Meyer in 2018. She is a member of Meyer's executive team.