Jaishri Kapoor is an avid patron of a wide spectrum of performing arts. She joined the Board of Trustees of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 2016, and was recently elected Vice Chair of the Board. Jaishri and her husband were honorees of the Ailey Spirit Gala at Lincoln Center in 2018.
Jaishri is also an active supporter of several other preeminent American institutions that promote traditional art forms — such as the Metropolitan Opera and the Newport Jazz Festival where her husband serves as a board member. She is passionate about bringing her cultural roots to these institutions. At the Met, she helped revive Satyagraha, the Philip Glass opera based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. At Newport, she organized the staging of A Bridge Together, which featured a combination of jazz and classical Indian art forms.
In addition, Jaishri is an enthusiastic champion of emerging artists—especially those who reach out of their cultural roots to find a new synthesis with traditions bred in America. She has sponsored musicians from India, Pakistan and Portugal for such events. Creative performances by singers, musicians, dancers and poets have filled their home for years as they share their fascination in the arts with their community.
Each year, Jaishri also co-chairs a wine-tasting fundraiser for the Harlem Children’s Zone, a non-profit organization in central Harlem that has become a “…national model in education, youth and community development and the fight against poverty”.
Mrs. Kapoor started her professional career in Marketing at what is now JP Morgan Chase, and ended it in the private equity group at Merrill Lynch prior to the birth of her children. She has a B.A. in Economics and Sociology from Wellesley College and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. Her husband, Vikas Kapoor, is the CEO of Mezocliq, a technology company. They reside in Manhattan with their three children, twins Riya & Sara, son Kavi, and two very naughty Yorkies.