A Letter from Shivangi Khargonekar, Incoming Executive Director of Hatch

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters:

Since Hatch International’s conception in January 2010, I have served as the Internal Director, supporting the organization's development into a successful global social enterprise nonprofit. With all three of Hatch’s projects piloting this fall, I can only imagine the endless and exciting possibilities that lie ahead of us, and would like to play a critical role in shaping the future of this organization. My interest has always been -- and will continue to be -- in the innovation and drive of our members, which fuels the impact Hatch International delivers to communities in resource-limited settings.

I continue to believe in our vision that a small group of passionate individuals can leave the world a better place, and change can only come through meaningful conversations and engagement with both their local and global communities. As Hatch International further integrates into the local community here at home in Washington, DC, I ask all of you to challenge yourselves and think of how you, your peers, your mentors, and the greater DC community can play a role in being change makers and innovators, and that you continue the conversation of global empowerment and social impact.

As we embark on the final phase of taking three social enterprises from idea to launch, I am inspired and excited to serve as Executive Director and lead this organization to the next level, allowing Hatch International to truly realize its mission and vision of enabling low-income communities globally to gain access to basic necessities through social entrepreneurship. Thank you for this opportunity and for your continued support.

And finally, a huge thank you to Merry Walker for all her hard work and dedication -- I realize I have some pretty big shoes to fill, but look forward to continuing the work that she began four years ago.

Warm regards,

Shivangi