Mytili Jagannathan is a versatile writer, strategic thinker, and educator with over a decade of experience in successful fundraising strategy, strategic planning, grant writing and marketing communications in the nonprofit and business sectors. She has marshaled her persuasive skills on behalf of organizations in the arts, youth development, education, health care, advocacy, philanthropy, technology and more. An excursion as a marketing writer at the architecture firm of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates taught her to look at buildings with new eyes and analyze patterns in the urban landscape. In past roles as Board Chair and Interim Director of Development at the Asian Arts Initiative, Mytili helped guide the organization through the challenge of being displaced by the expansion of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and through the successful transition to a vibrant new home in 2008. In 2009, she launched Itinerant Ink, offering flexible, focused, and creative consulting and writing services to nonprofits, businesses and creative entrepreneurs to help them raise funds, market programs, and nurture relationships with constituents.
In addition to her consulting work, Mytili is a poet whose work has been honored with artistic awards from the Leeway Foundation and the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Mytili holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania; she also spent a year honing her Tamil language skills and indulging in mangos in Madurai, India. Mytili was born in Iowa, grew up in West Virginia, and now makes her home in Philadelphia. She also has a soft spot in her heart for Bangalore, Boston, Boulder, Chennai, Coimbatore, Coonoor, Kochi, London, Madison, Mesa, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Palakkad, San Francisco, Toronto, and Thanjavur.