Hetal Patel, Director of Finance and Operations, joined CJA in April 2019. In her previous role as Director of Finance and Operations at Center for Inspired Teaching, a DC based non-profit organization that partners with teachers to leverage change in the education system, Ms. Patel led the department in creating long-term financial strategies and overhauling the operational capacity.  Prior to joining Inspired Teaching, Hetal spent nine years serving as the Director of Finance and Administration at Bank Information Center, which works with civil society to promote and increase transparency and accountability of development finance. In this capacity, Ms. Patel was responsible for managing the overall growth and sustainability of the organization. Hetal’s 15 years of experience in finance and operations also include working with the New York Charter School system and experience working closely with teachers and students. Originally from California, she holds a BS in Financial Management and Investments from California State University, Long Beach.