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Tessa Vithayathil

Senior Consultant

Tessa Vithayathil, Senior Consultant

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In her role as a Senior Consultant, Tessa helps bring businesses and nonprofits together via meaningful skills-based volunteering engagements. As part of this work, Tessa shepherds organizations and team members throughout the process, from design to implementation and evaluation. She connects private sector skills to public sector needs, ensuring that individuals across the spectrum are strengthening the local communities in which they live and work.

Tessa fostered her passion for social impact through experiences in fundraising, program management, and teaching. She joins Common Impact having completed a year on the JET Programme, where she taught English to elementary and middle school students in Ishikawa, Japan. Prior to this, Tessa worked at the NYC Department of Small Business Services as part of the Customized Training team. In this role, she helped small businesses grow their bottom line and retain staff by managing a grants program for training and promoting talent. Tessa also brings a fundraising perspective to Common Impact, having worked at City Harvest’s Institutional Giving team. While at City Harvest, she secured grants from corporations, government entities, and foundations to help fight hunger in New York City. At the core of these varied experiences is Tessa’s desire to help individuals and organizations grow their capacity for success.

Tessa graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Geography & Urban Studies from Temple University. Her experiences both at home and abroad have instilled in her the importance of community and a strong appreciation for cultural bridges, such as food and photography. She has an unhealthy obsession with the Great British Baking Show and can be found exploring the neighborhoods and culinary cultures of New York City and beyond.