Venu Gupta


Venu is an executive coach and organizational consultant with 15+ years’ experience driving results for critical organizations that effect real change. She has led development at the Sargent Shriver Foundation, pushed forward democracy at Mother Jones, increased POC representation at Chicago law firms, led campaigns and political action for women of color, and brought her considerable expertise in the law and business to bear.
One of her critical strengths is being able to guide organizations through inception or crisis to a new state of being where staff, stakeholders, and the board are in alignment and move forward with success. For entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders, she works with clients to identify and build clarity of mission and vision, create a strategic plan with concrete, implementable action steps, and foster leadership that is empathetic and valued.


  • For a non-profit client, she led the transition from a solo/white-led organization to a hub for Black-led, local to the neighborhood organizations.
  • Building infrastructure with the Illinois Asian American Caucus for a new Asian American engagement, civic power, and Pan Asian center.
  • At Y of the North, facilitated conversations for camp counselors around equity, anti-racism, and belonging and ongoing work with the board.
  • At Sargent Shriver, increased revenue by 70%+, to $7M, and increased assets by 140%+ through their first successful capital campaign.