Our People

Safal recruits only the most talented and passionate professionals from the best organizations and finest institutions. They could work anywhere. They choose to work for you.

Mukta Pandit

Mukta Pandit, President and Founder of Safal Partners Inc., brings more than 20 years of global experience and a passion for driving outcomes in the social sector. In the past six years, Mukta [...]

Michelle Carson

Michelle is Senior Director, Adult Education, CTE, and Workforce Development, at Safal. Michelle brings more than 20 years’ experience in education and workforce spans working with diverse stakeholders at the local, state, and [...]

Adam Jones

Adam Jones is a Senior Advisor to Safal Partners on organizational assessment and state government issues, with more than 20 years of experience in state government. He served from 2003 to 2012 as [...]

Margaret Becker Patterson, PhD

Dr. Patterson brings decades of experience leading award-winning research in adult education. She partners with non-profit organizations, postsecondary institutions, and state and local agencies, applying research to support adult educators and learners. She [...]

Luis Elizondo-Thomson

Luis serves as Senior Advisor at Safal Partners. Previously, Luis served Teach for America (TFA) from 2013 through 2016 as the Houston Executive Director, leading one of the largest and most tenured regions [...]

Lucky Pandit

Lucky Pandit brings more than 20 years of Information Technology and project management experience. He has a proven ability to build and align technology solutions to meet business requirements in varied industries such [...]

Sarah Hamshari

Sarah Hamshari, Engagement Manager at Safal Partners Inc., draws upon her background in research and policy to provide rigorous qualitative research and writing support. She leads the development of high-quality content to help clients [...]

Cynthia Brennan-Jones, Ed.D.

Dr. Brennan-Jones is an accomplished and committed educator with a proven track record in curriculum development and instructional design. As a curriculum developer and as a classroom instructor, she has successfully integrated effective e-learning technologies, [...]

Nora Kern

Nora Kern, Engagement Manager at Safal Partners Inc., has nearly a decade of experience in education policy and charter schools through her experience in non-profit and government organizations. Nora is committed to researching [...]

Swati Gupta

Swati Gupta has a strong background in education and policy research. As an Engagement Manager at Safal, Swati has led program evaluation, report writing and projects on career and technical education. Prior to [...]

Jesus Davila

Jesus Davila brings extensive public policy, research, and strategy consulting experience to Safal Partners. Prior to Safal, Jesus worked at Children at Risk, a Houston based research and advocacy group. While at Children [...]

  • Ali Al Hamadani

Ali Al Hamadani

Ali Al Hamadani is a Data Scientist at Safal Partners. He has a Software Engineering and IT work background, including Computer System Administration, programming and Web Development. Ali holds a Masters of Science [...]

Adrianna Chrestopoulos

Adrianna Chrestopoulous is a native Texan and has returned to her roots to work with Safal Partners as a Project Manager for the Texas Education Agency’s Career and Technical Education Resource Integration Project. [...]

  • Shivani Chatterjee

Shivani Chatterjee

Shivani Chatterjee, Senior Associate at Safal Partners, is passionate about education as a tool for equity and social mobility. She specializes in improving social outcomes with the analysis and creativity of a business [...]

Donna McGuire

Donna McGuire, Executive Administrator, brings 20 years of experience in educational leadership and instruction. She served as the Assistant Principal for 12 years in the Alief School District, and supervised the Special Education [...]

Kirsten Schaffer

Kirsten Maltese is a digital media strategist and communications professional with a decade of experience informing and engaging the public through multimedia. As a former television news journalist, she is a natural storyteller [...]

Ruchika Salunkhe

Ruchika Salunkhe, Business Development Manager at Safal Partners, brings a unique and diverse experience in Project Management and Business Development. She has an MBA in Project Management from Dublin Business School. Before joining Safal, Ruchika gained [...]

Plácido Gómez

Plácido Gómez is a Senior Associate at Safal Partners. Prior to joining Safal, he was a field manager for a US Senate campaign in Houston where he managed the outreach and communication strategy [...]