Organizations We Support
Corporate Social responsibility has been part of the Akraya DNA since its existence. ‘Giving back’ is one of our core values.
Akraya puts a special emphasis on giving back to our local Silicon Valley community as well as supporting organizations that help improve the lives of those in need. These are a few of the organizations we support with our time and financial resources.
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
SVLG is an organization advocating for adequate affordable housing, comprehensive regional transportation, a sustainable environment, and business and tax policies in Silicon Valley. As an active member, Akraya seeks to directly influence policy making and support economic health, equal opportunity, and a high quality of life in California. Akraya Executive Sonu Ratra serves on the Racial, Equity and Justice (RJE) committee to drive priorities in key corporate diversity initiatives and public policy concerns related to equity and inclusion.
Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation
Our President, Sonu Ratra is the appointed Chairwoman of the SVLG Foundation Board of Directors. SVLG Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the region by raising and distributing funds for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, and other needs. The group is also well known in organizing the country’s largest Thanksgiving Turkey Trot Race in downtown San Jose.
The Institute For Economic Empowerment Of Women
IEEW empowers women to grow their businesses, pursue greater entrepreneurial ventures, and become more active public policy advocates. The Institute accomplishes this mission by focusing on education, mentorship, and coaching women in the U.S. and abroad who are seeking to acquire entrepreneurial skills to help start and grow a business. For the past 13 years, Akraya has been a sponsor, mentor and host to Women Entrepreneurs from Rwanda and Afghanistan. These women business owners spend a week at the Akraya offices year after year learning the nuances of operating a business and apply it to their own businesses in their country.
Women Back to Work
Akraya’s Women Back to Work program is our biggest efforts towards Diversity and Inclusion. The purpose of the program is to create systematic pathways to facilitate the re-entry of women into the workforce. This initiative is a nation-wide leader in Return-to-Work Programs that has evolved into a greater a movement. The WBW program enables leaders and companies to boost their diversity goals by acquiring valuable talent that is typically not available through traditional channels – highly qualified, technical, professional individuals returning to the workforce. In a short span of eight years, WBW has received national recognition as well as media attention from NPR, Silicon Valley Business Journal, the Mercury News, NBC, Bloomberg, ABC, Wall Street Journal amongst others.