As the Finance Director and Treasurer for the Bush Foundation, Tharangi advances the Foundation's goals by leading the finance and accounting functions, ensuring controls and services are in place to protect the Foundation's assets and support effective operations. She joined the Foundation in November 2022.
Tharangi has been a leader in strategic and finance systems and transformative change both at the individual and organizational levels. She served nearly a decade at ALIGHT (formerly American Refugee Committee), an international humanitarian nonprofit that works with refugees, displaced and marginalized communities. Prior to that, she spent over seven years in several corporate finance positions at Ecolab.
Tharangi grew up in Sri Lanka and came to Minnesota on a Fulbright scholarship to earn her MBA from Carlson School of Management. She serves on the boards of several local nonprofits. She also led and continues to participate in Stretch Expeditions with the Prouty Project to serve and learn about diverse societies around the globe.
She has a deep connection to nature and spends time outdoors biking and hiking with her husband, Milo. She is also an avid reader and writes poetry.