Ms. Chawla is an actress and playwright from the Washington D.C. area. Before starting CARE Actor, she worked heavily with several arts education programs such as the visual arts program Abrakadoodle and after school drama enrichment program Rainbow Entertainment InterActive Children's Theater. With a long time dream of starting her own arts program and an interest in the nonprofit sector, she pursued a master's degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at George Mason University. In 2008, she conducted a small acting workshop with a group of elementary age children that ultimately turned into the CARE Actor program. On the side, she writes, directs, and acts in plays throughout the region. Most recently she has appeared in the show "Miss Witherspoon" at Silver Spring stage, "Beyond Bollywood" in conjunction with the SAPAN arts program and "Secret Garden" with Theatre Lab.