About Sonny Kalsi

Sonny Kalsi draws on his life experiences living around the world, his formal and informal education, and his long-term success in business at Morgan Stanley and GreenOak Real Estate to serve and promote organizations that empower humans to meet their fullest potential.

Sonny is especially involved in education advocacy worldwide, with a focus on education for girls. He serves on the Board of Directors of Teaching Matters, a nonprofit that trains and supports teachers throughout the US, and an organization which has demonstrated great progress in improving teacher retention and turnover.

Sonny Kalsi’s Experience

The PowHERful Foundation brings resources to inner city girls in order to get them successfully into college and through it via a combination of financial assistance, mentorship, and leadership training. Sonny Kalsi is proud to be a board member at PowHERful, working to change the ratio of women in leadership, especially in industries like real estate and finance.

Because Sonny is an American of Indian descent, he has an interest in organizations that serve both South Asia and the New York area, as well as groups which promote cross-cultural understanding. Room to Read provides education and literacy services worldwide to both boys and girls, but because of the massive disparity between the genders, their work is especially important for girls around the world and in India. Sonny Kalsi serves on the board of Room to Read and is also a trustee of the Asia Society, which creates ties between East and West through education, business, and the arts.

Locally, Sonny Kalsi supports several additional charitable organizations. He was honored as the 2017 Gala Honoree of the AHRC, which supports intellectually and developmentally disabled children, helping them and their families access various services critical to their quality of life, such as legal counsel and educational advocacy. Sonny is also involved with the Spence School in Manhattan and serves as an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Sonny is also a board member of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, a member of the Smithsonian Institution.

In his day to day life, Sonny draws on motivation from his own education at Georgetown, his community, and his family, especially his two children, who inspire his service to future generations.

Sonny Kalsi
Sonny KalsiFounder and Partner of GreenOak Real Estate

Organizations Sonny Kalsi is involved in


The PowHERful Foundation gets young women to, and through, college. We provide financial assistance, mentorship, and wraparound services to help our scholars achieve their highest potentials. We reach an even broader audience through our Summit series, where we bring day-long conferences to major cities across the country for young women.

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.


ULI is the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use experts in the world. ULI is its members—delivering the mission, shaping the future of the industry, and creating thriving communities around the globe.


Teaching Matters is dedicated to increasing teacher effectiveness, one of the most critical factors in student success. Our services transform how educators work together at urban public schools, helping the most effective teachers develop the skills they need to lead their peers and drive school-wide improvement. We also partner with school leadership to create a work environment that equips teachers to succeed in the classroom.


The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is an art museum beside the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., the United States. The museum was initially endowed during the 1960s with the permanent art collection of Joseph H. Hirshhorn. It was designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft and is part of the Smithsonian Institution. It was conceived as the United States’ museum of contemporary and modern art and currently focuses its collection-building and exhibition-planning mainly on the post–World War II period, with particular emphasis on art made during the last 50 years.


Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.