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Shanti Nayak

Shanti Nayak brings to Incandescent’s clients a passion for building and running extraordinary organizations. Shanti loves helping leaders bring their visions to life in the organizations they lead, thinks deeply about how culture can reinforce the fundamental “why” of an organization, and is particularly interested in the challenge of organizations in the midst of transition.

Over the course of her career, she has built and led teams across sectors. Most recently, Shanti served for four years as the Chief Operating Officer for the New York State Office of the Attorney General. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing all of the support functions (e.g., HR, IT, Finance) for one of the largest public law firms in the nation. Prior to her time at the Attorney General’s office, Shanti served as the Chief of Staff & Operations for the Roosevelt Institute.

Earlier in her career, Shanti spent seven years at the consulting firm Katzenbach Partners where she served clients across industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services and media. She then became Chief People Officer, responsible for all elements of the firm’s people and talent strategy, and served as a member of the firm’s management team. Subsequent to the sale of Katzenbach Partners to Booz & Company, Shanti became a Director, helping spearhead integration efforts, while also helping develop a revised people strategy for Booz & Company.

Shanti earned an A.B. from Smith College and an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Shanti loves exploring the wild & green places within and beyond New York City, tinkering in her Brooklyn kitchen, and having all manner of adventures with her two daughters.