Metta Fund

Shalini (Shally) Iyer

Director of Programs

As Metta Fund’s Director of Programs, Shally oversees all aspects of the foundation’s communications and grantmaking strategy as well as the Fund’s convening, collaboration, and community partnership work. Prior to joining Metta Fund, Shally worked as a local Bay Area strategic grantmaker at The San Francisco Foundation in the Community Health Program and within the Partnership for HOPE SF, a citywide public-private partnership to increase economic opportunity for low-income families in San Francisco. A native of the East Coast, Shally was formerly with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and led the evaluation work of their Tobacco Policy and Control Program. She is a passionate advocate for social and racial justice and serves on a number of non-profit boards as well as leadership positions in local affinity groups. She was selected as a 2016 Terrance Keenan Institute Fellow for Emerging Leadership in Health Philanthropy by Grantmakers in Health. Shally has an undergraduate degree as well as a Master of Public Health, both from the University of Pennsylvania.