Anuradha Luther Maitra

Trustee UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board

Dr. Anuradha Luther Maitra received her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1980, after which she taught at UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz and in the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara U. From 2000-2013, she served as CEO of Floreat Inc, a provider of embedded communications software and services. In 2013, she was appointed by UCSC as SACII (pronounced “sassy’): Special Advisor to Chancellor on international Initiatives. Anu has been a trustee on the UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board since 2000, including a term as President. In that capacity, she has supported programs in Economics and Indian Classical Music; South Asia Center and Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning; Satyajit Ray Film Archives; Sidhartha Maitra Lecture Series. Since 2015, Anu has chaired the Vision Committee of Pratichi Trust India, established by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen; the focus of the organization is universal primary healthcare and gender equality. Anu is a trustee of US Friends of HelpAge India, whose mission is to serve the disadvantaged elderly. Both in her teaching and non-profit work, Anu singles out for attention issues of social justice and economic equity, diversity and inclusiveness, climate change and stewardship of earth. She attempts to give expression to these passions in her choice of speakers and subjects for the Sidhartha Maitra Lecture series on ‘Humanism, Reason, and Tolerance’ that she founded at UCSC in memory of her late husband, and through philanthropic giving in partnership with her husband Professor Thomas Kailath, Hitachi Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. Anu enjoys reading books she can touch; watching classic films, especially the New Wave World Cinema, including those of the peerless director Satyajit Ray; solving crosswords and math puzzles; playing bridge and chess; learning yoga and SAME (South Asian-Middle Eastern) cooking.