Priti Bhattarai


Priti is the CEO for Perennial, where she oversees the administration of all aspects of ongoing programs, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and delivering activities. She is passionate about helping build global communities through mutual understanding, love and connection.

Prior to joining Perennial, Priti was in Nepal working with grassroots NGOs on issues concerning education and gender equity. Her work entailed creating awareness amongst the communities in rural Nepal about issues concerning both health and education, whilst striving for change in the country’s education policy. She has also worked in implementing advocacy programs as part of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Policy and Advocacy team.

In addition to working at Perennial, Priti currently serves on the board of Rukmini Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on girls’ education and empowerment in Nepal. She is also the co-founder of GreenValue US, a social enterprise that imports fair trade, recycled paper handmade by marginalized women of rural communities in Nepal. She holds a BA degree from University of Liverpool in International Business and Finance, and a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics in NGOs and Development, with a focus on social policy and gender and development.

Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Priti grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She studied and worked in England for eight years before relocating to the US, where she lived in Chicago and Pittsburgh. Priti currently feels at home in Seattle, amidst the snow capped mountains, which reminds her of the Himalayas.