Board of Directors

Joe Madiath

Joe Madiath

CEO and President


Joe Madiath is the founder and former executive director of Gram Vikas. Gram Vikas was established in 1971 and has helped bring water and sanitation to numerous rural villages in Orissa, India. He has been on the board of Gram Vikas USA since it began in 2012.

Deanna Zanetti

Deanna Zanetti

General Counsel, Project Coordinator


Deanna Zanetti is the General Counsel and Project Coordinator of Gram Vikas USA. She has been involved with the organization since 2012. Deanna's involvement with Gram Vikas USA has ignited her passion in helping to make the world a better place by ensuring that people have access to clean water and sanitation. In her free time, Deanna enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.

Vivek Shankam

Vivek Shankam

Secretary and Treasurer


Vivek Shankam is the Secretary and Treasurer of Gram Vikas USA. He has been a part of the organization since its founding in 2012. Vivek's social interests include economic empowerment, education, water and sanitation, poverty alleviation, and renewable energy. In his free time Vivek likes to bike and kayak along the Colorado river.

Michael Pirson

Michael Pirson

Member of the Advisory Board


Professor Michael Pirson has been teaching at Fordham since 2008 and helped establish an undergraduate sustainable business concentration. He has been on the board of Gram Vikas USA since 2012.