Our Team

Ankita Ahluwalia

Founder, Tutor, Executive Director of the POWAN Initiative

Ankita is a student at UC Riverside majoring in Computer Science with Business Applications. She is passionate about utilizing programming to make positive societal impacts. Additionally, she tutors students in rigorous subjects, spearheads meetings where she collaborates with other innovative minds, and communicates with other organizations to ensure K-12 students’ success. She has extensive experience in marketing, fundraising, and leading teams to accomplish program deliverables. Her tasks include drafting newsletters, emailing both students and tutors, overseeing outreach operations, developing the website, and marketing.

Karanvir Singh

Founding Member, Operations Lead

Karan is a student at UC Riverside majoring in Biology. He wishes to share his love for science, math, and English with K-12 students. He is a reliable, helpful, and friendly POWAN tutor who makes learning fun for his students. As a founding team member and the administrative leader of the Outreach and Marketing Team, he brainstorms marketing techniques and communicates with POWAN volunteers. He sends daily newsletters out to students and tutors. He is also adept and experienced with the POWAN scheduling system. With his data analysis and problem solving acumen, he never fails to implement solutions to any issues that come up.

Saina Salamati

POWAN Marketing Lead

Saina is a sophomore at Irvine Valley College currently majoring in Psychology. She is the Social Media Coordinator and leader of the Event Planning and Marketing Team of POWAN. Moreover, she has a strong background in fundraising and makes great contributions with her innovative ideas. Using her digital art experience, she creates appealing advertising material for POWAN and oversees all of its social media platforms.

Kevin Quach

POWAN Operations Lead

Kevin is a junior at UC Riverside majoring in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. As a dedicated POWAN Initiative Tutor and Representative, he is extremely passionate about supporting local communities through providing free access to education for those that need it the most. Not only does he love tutoring, he also enjoys representing POWAN and discussing its ambitious goals through communications with a wide array of educational programs and administrators.

Giselle Madariaga

Marketing Lead, Tutor

Giselle is an aspiring school psychologist. She attended UC Riverside where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. She is passionate about providing free access to education and helping students succeed. Giselle joined POWAN in August 2020 and is now in charge of fostering a community between tutors. Her responsibilities include organizing social/professional events to support our volunteers and assisting the Marketing Team with advertising.

Sanaz Homayounieh

POWAN Marketing Liason

Sanaz Homayounieh is a sophomore at San Francisco State University, studying Cinema Production with an emphasis in Video Editing. She joined POWAN in March 2021 and has continued to work on projects and social media campaigns with the rest of the marketing team. As our Marketing Liaison, Sanaz manages cross-communication between all teams and contributes to creating promotional content for POWAN’s social media platforms.

Jade Martineau

POWAN Human Resources Team Member

Jade Martineau is a senior at the University of Central Florida, studying Business Management with a minor in Hospitality Management. She first joined POWAN in October 2020 as a tutor, and now serves as the Human Resources Team Member. Jade oversees any questions and inquiries regarding new tutors and students joining the organization. She hopes to pursue career development or human resources upon graduation and looks forward to making an impact at POWAN!

Harleen Ahluwalia

POWAN Operations Team Member

Harleen Ahluwalia is a hard-working Operations Volunteer Team member who aims to make a positive impact in students’ lives. She is a creative addition to the team ensuring POWAN takes into account the needs of students effectively. As a student, she understands the barriers students face and hopes to alleviate students’ anxiety. She is interested in Computer Science and is passionate about making a positive impact in society.