Madhulikha Muppidi is an enthusiastic advocate for advancing equity and access in public education. Prior to her selection as a National Urban Fellow, Madhulikha was a financial consultant at EdTec for five socioeconomically diverse charter schools in the Bay Area and provided strategic budget planning, compliance reporting support, and fiscal management for over $33 million in revenue. In addition to external work with schools, Madhulikha also supported the company’s internal work through facilitation of monthly DEI discussion groups and coordinated diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts with the internal task force as well as external coaching and training. Through partnerships with Promise54 and the Remote DEI Collective, Madhulikha was instrumental in the development and implementation of the company’s first DEI action plan.
Madhulikha was a math and science teacher for seven years in Massachusetts and California. She worked at MatchCharter PublicSchool in Boston, Summit Public Schools in Sunnyvale, and Gateway Public Schoolsin San Francisco.She prioritized both the academic and social emotional learning opportunities for her students by engaging in external professional development such as the ExploratoriumSummer Teacher Institute, the Teacher Leadership Program at the Park City MathematicsInstitute, and the Breath for Change Wellness and Yoga Teacher Training. She also served as a faculty advisor for the Girls Who Code club and as a faculty liaison and representative on the faculty affairs board committee.
Madhulikha is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in International Relations. While at USC, she was involved with USC Readers Plus (a literacy and math tutoring program) and TIRP (Teaching International Relations Program) which provided the spark for her eventual journey into full-time classroom teaching and K-12 education sector. While in college, Madhulikha played the tenor saxophone and was a proud member of theUSC Trojan Marching Band.(Fight On!)
Outside of work, Madhulikha enjoys contributing back to community and has been a volunteer at 18 Reasons(a community-based cooking school in SanFrancisco) since 2018. During the summer of 2020, she volunteered as a summer math coach for Posse Veteran Scholars. As an event host for Urban Adventure Club, Madhulikha has hosted hikes, dessert crawls, and dinners. She loves exploring her neighborhood and sharing her favorite places with new friends.
As aNational UrbanFellow, Madhulikha wants to expand her analytical skills to evaluate the effectiveness of policies. She hopes to improve her collaboration strategies to align organizational goals with the needs of the community. Finally, she hopes to increase her management expertise and build capacity for community-based organizations and individuals to directly impact the policy creation process.