Ms. Vatsala Ponnuraj possesses a background in teaching and educational administration. She managed the Goodwill Girls Boarding Home in India. She transitioned into a teaching career and served as the chair of the History Department. Ms. Ponnuraj immigrated to the United States in 1994. She has volunteered at the Herman Day Care Center and worked at The Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. She joined SSSP in September 1997 to manage the day-to-day operations of the program. She holds an M.A. in Public Administration from CCNY. She is an executive board member in a national organization for women. Her hobbies are knitting, crocheting, quilting, needle work and gardening. She also loves to cook.