Chief Innovator, Alamo Colleges
Hitish Nathani has nearly 10 years of experience in executive management, program development, and student/community engagement as an active entrepreneur and mentor. His leadership in both academia and the entrepreneurial landscape has cultivated a reputation of excllence in both arenas.
As the Chief Innovator, Hitish develops programs and events focused on creating practical skill sets for under-served students with the overall goal of providing innovation and entrepreneurial training to the masses. He also served as a tenured faculty member at St. Philip’s College (SPC) , serving as lead instructor for introductory chemistry where he created curriculum content and methods of instruction aligning with district, state, and American Chemical Society standards.
While working at SPC, Hitish served as a key member of an Obama-Singh proposal to foster collaboration between the city of San Antonio, the city of Chennai, Stella Maris College, San Antonio College, and SPC. Locally, Hitish is engaged in providing growth opportunities for students as VIP Coordinator of the President’s Lecture Series.
He facilitates in bringing high-profile speakers such as LeVar Burton and Julian Bond to inspire students. He also founded and served as sponsor for the Eureka Science Club, a student-run science group focused on promoting science education and enrichment experiences. Hitish was the Principal investigator for a successfully funded grant proposal made to the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement for the East Side Community Garden Renovation. He was also the Co-investigator for Project GeNex, which was granted the Implementation Award by the National Science Foundation. He also has served on various grant panels for the National Institutes of Health, the USDA NIFA Program, and the National Science Foundation.
Hitish also values his local community. He volunteers generously with St. Vincent De Paul, the Food Bank, and the Make a Wish Foundation. He has also held formal advisory/leadership positions with Eva’s Heroes, the Shirdi Sai Temple of San Antonio, and the Trinity Farmer’s Market, as well as serving as a local mentor for Launch SA and the Fulbright Program.
Living up to his reputation of determination, Hitish followed his childhood dream of being a chef and opened his own food truck, Bombay Salsa Company. From creating and executing a brand to marketing, operations, and growth strategies, Hitish’s talent in growing an organization continues to show in his contributions to the community. Hitish graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS in Biochemistry and Master’s in Chemical Education. He has also received postgraduate Biotechnology training from the NIH. He enjoys reading and exploring San Antonio with his wife.
Maybe you have an idea and cannot stop thinking about how to make it work; you stay awake dreaming about business opportunities. Where others see problems in the world, you see possibilities. Creativity energizes you, community matters, and you hunger to build a better tomorrow. You are willing to forget status quo. Hear from the Chief […]