Usha serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of Kettler, overseeing all aspects of the organization. She is responsible for developing and implementing the company’s strategic plan, and continuing Kettler’s growth in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., region, the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.
Usha earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from St. Stephen’s College in New Delhi, India and a World Executive MBA from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has also completed graduate programs and is an alumna of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Prior to joining Kettler, Usha was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of The Pew Charitable Trusts. She was also Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Washington Post, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at United Way of America. Prior to that, she was with Freddie Mac in a number of executive positions focused on strategy, operations, and risk management.
Usha has served on several for-profit and non-profit Boards. She is currently on the Board of Nathan Associates, an international economic consulting organization. She is a strong advocate for education and is a supporter of a number of charitable organizations geared toward bettering youth through structured enrichment programs. Just a few of her philanthropic involvements include serving on the Boards of India International School, a well-established Northern Virginia Indian American education and cultural center and a recent start-up called RENEW (Reform Education for a New World).
Usha was a 2016 Honoree of the Women Who Mean Business and was awarded Non-Profit CFO of the Year for Innovation in 2007.
Leslie Furst joined Kettler in 2003 and is Senior Vice President of Finance for the company. Ms. Furst is responsible for overseeing asset management, all financing activities and lender relationships and is actively involved in equity placement and investor relations.