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“I envision SAAC reaching a diverse audience by bringing MODERN South Asia to the forefront with lectures, exhibitions and events – I look forward to serving as an ambassador and advocate for SAAC and SDMA!”


Jolly has been a member of the SAAC board since 2007 and serves as Treasurer.  She has a Masters in Art History from Hunter College in NYC.

Jolly worked as an intern at SDMA with Curator Sonya Quintanilla and assisted with the Nandanlal Bose Exhibition. During this time she explored the Binney 3rd Collection at SDMA and developed a deep understanding and appreciation for the South Asian Art collection at SDMA. She was invited to the Board of CAIS as Treasurer in 2007 and has continued on the board as CAIS has transformed to SAAC.

She is currently VP – Finance at SeatAdvisor, a SaaS company that specializes in ticketing software. A person of diverse interests her hobbies include architecture, design, travel, modern dance , all music (Jazz to Rock to Classical) and literature – her recent challenge is to read the top 100 novels (according to the modern library) within the next 5 years!