Rupal has been working with the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation since 2016. She brings a diverse work history to inform the role, and, as a child of immigrants, she brings a lifelong commitment to building and supporting healthy, creative, engaged and equitable communities.
Her past work in communities spans from building a design school on the India-Pakistan border to directing programs in disinvested Chicago neighborhoods with the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. Her grant-making experience ranges from community grantmaking such as the Fire the Time Fund and the Asian Giving Circle to established organizations such as the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, the Field Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council. Her experience also includes helping local arts organizations build capacity through the Smartscope program at the Arts and Business Council of Chicago.
Rupal is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose past performances, visual art and publications cannot compare to her most ambitious recent project: She is attempting to shape three small humans into good people. She enjoys splashing in puddles, dad jokes, board games, painting and dancing.
Rupal holds a Master’s Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She was awarded a 2008 Emerging Leader of Color with the Americans for the Arts and Joyce Foundation, a 2006 Community Leadership Fellow with the Leadership Center for Asian Pacific Americans and a 2004 Indicorps Fellowship.