About Root Cause

Anand Dholakia

Principal, Advisory Services


Anand currently leads Root Cause’s measurement, evaluation, and equity lens work with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, supporting a national cohort of grantee organizations working on family economic security. He recently led the capacity-building and member support functions of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership network that strengthens and connects organizations and leaders committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. Since joining Root Cause in 2005, Anand has worked closely with more than 50 nonprofit organizations, foundations, and government agencies across the United States and in Bermuda. His work has focused on the intersection of program, policy and equity, helping to develop strategy, theories of change, and sustainability plans for a combination of direct service, advocacy, intermediary, government, and foundation clients. Projects include business planning for a citywide after-school system in Providence, RI, a U.S. national low-income car ownership program, and the Bermuda affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Anand also developed several of Root Cause’s capacity assessment tools, co-authored Root Cause’s how-to guide: Building a Performance Measurement System: Using Data to Accelerate Social Impact and the CBMA Report The Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement, and served as the lead writer for Root Cause’s report “Mapping Momentum for Boston’s Youth: Programs and Opportunities for Black and Latino Young Men.”

Prior to joining Root Cause, Anand worked for several years as an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston and in India, and began his career in the technology industry as an engineer for both early-stage startups and Fortune 500 companies.


Blog Posts

Reframing our Purpose to be More Transformative for People and Families (Published on the GEO Funders Blog) 

Practical Collaboration: A Lesson Learned from the Root Cause Retreat

Why do you do what you do?

I believe it is a collective responsibility to strive for equity, opportunity, and justice to make our communities better, and I am just playing my part. I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to spend every day offering my best efforts to the organizations and leaders who devote their lives to these priorities, and cannot imagine doing anything else.

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  • Babson College, MBA, Global Management and Social Entrepreneurship. Rutgers University, BS, Industrial Engineering.

Favorite Books, movies, music

  • A People’s History of the United States, blues, jazz, classic and jam rock, world music


  • Guitar, songwriting, hiking, running