Today, Starfish Initiative announced that business executive Gisele Garraway will assume the role of Starfish Initiative’s President and CEO. Starfish is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization that focuses on increasing Marion County high school graduation success and college persistence rates among low-income students through its acclaimed mentorship model.
“I am excited to partner with Indy’s civic and business leaders to unlock the innate potential of academically promising youth who are striving to overcome the barriers of poverty to enter college and launch a path to career success,” said Garraway.
Garraway previously served as a Senior Vice President at Devonshire Investors, the private equity affiliate of Fidelity Investments, identified and evaluated new asset classes and business ventures, as well as advised senior management teams of portfolio companies on the creation and implementation of strategic and operating plans. Prior to joining Fidelity, Gisele held several positions at Staples, Inc. including Vice President and General Manager of Canadian Small Business Delivery, and Vice President of Corporate Strategy. Prior to her Staples tenure, Gisele was a consultant at Boston-based Bain & Company for several years, where she consulted numerous Fortune 500 companies on strategic, marketing and operational issues.
“Gisele brings a wealth of corporate leadership experience and civic advocacy to the role as President and CEO of the Starfish Initiative,” said Vaughn Broadnax, Starfish Initiative’s board chair. “In addition to her strong record of accomplishment in the corporate world, she has displayed a strong sense of involvement in educational and community affairs. I am looking forward to her elevating Starfish Initiative’s footprint in Indianapolis in the years to come.”
Outside of commercial pursuits, Garraway has dedicated efforts to various youth-related community causes in Greater Boston. She recently taught operations management at Babson College. Additionally, she worked as an advocate for families with children experiencing homelessness as a board leader of Brookview House in Boston. A believer in empowering youth with tools for life, Gisele spent over a decade teaching Sunday school at Myrtle Baptist Church in Newton, MA.
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Garraway received an MBA from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and a Bachelor of Business Administration summa cum laude from Howard University in Washington DC. Garraway is married to Levi Garraway, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President Global Development and Medical Affairs, Oncology at Eli Lilly. Garraway and Levi live in Indianapolis with their two children.