Gayathri Thaikkendiyil is currently the Acting Deputy Director and Chief Program Officer at the San Francisco Ethics Commission, a role into which she was hired after the conclusion of her FUSE fellowship in October 2017. The San Francisco Ethics Commission was established to provide education
and enforcement of ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws. During her fellowship year, Gayathri was tasked with developing a plan to redesign and modernize the commission’s website and e-filing process, with the ultimate goal of increasing public engagement and government accountability. She also
led a process to create online tools, guidance materials, and training content to support compliance among city officials and employees for filing financial disclosures. Prior to her fellowship, Gayathri was a technology leader with experience in IT strategy and operations at American Airlines. She was instrumental in delivering business-critical technology solutions supporting Revenue Management, Reservations, Sales, and Distribution. Throughout her career, she has also supported several nonprofits in the areas of education, healthcare and community development in various leadership roles. She holds a BE in Computer Science from the University of Madras, an MS in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Dallas, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.