Girija Brilliant has an MPH and Ph.D. in social epidemiology and extensive experience in global health. She and her husband were co-founders of the Seva Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to prevention of blindness primarily in Asia. To date, Seva has helped restore sight to over 3 million people worldwide. Girija served on the Mill Valley Planning Commission for six years as well as the Executive Committee for the city's General Plan Action Committee. She is trained as an Iyengar Yoga instructor and her interests also include Buddhist studies. She is on the Board of Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp for children in Mendocino County.