Vaishali grew up in the United States but returned to India to work in the development sector. She has largely worked with social enterprises in the energy, livelihoods and entrepreneurship space. Her academic experience focused on building sustainable business models to address social challenges. Professionally, she worked with micro entrepreneurs facing energy access issues in rural India, concentrating on developing the ecosystem for decentralized solar energy. She has a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Oregon and a MA in Social Entrepreneurship from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.