Originally from Hawaii, Levani has a Masters degree in public health administration and a certificate in disaster management, humanitarian assistance, and international peacekeeping from the University of Hawaii. She is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Levani created Ananda Foundation's international grant-making program and has coordinated its philanthropy among villages and impoverished communities in fourteen countries since 2001.
She has lived in India and spent time in slum communities of Mirpur, Bangladesh and Kibera, Kenya. She worked for the NGO C.A.R.E. in Northern Thailand as a research consultant on a study examining support networks & HIV awareness for persons affected by HIV and has volunteered with Aloha Medical Mission on medical missions to Laos.
Levani recalls her first volunteer experience as a child making fruit baskets with her mom and sister and delivering them to the elderly at Pohai Nani, a community residence.
A "student of life," Levani has studied nonprofit management and leadership at Harvard as well as philanthropy and grantmaking at NYU. She has traveled extensively to Africa, Asia, and Latin America to explore the work of NGOs and community based organizations.
Her goals include: facilitating education and literacy for children, business development and skills training for women entrepreneurs, promoting international philanthropy and donor engagement, encouraging the next generation to end global poverty, and inspiring people to volunteer locally to help the less fortunate.