Ashok (Ash) Gujral knows what it’s like to be a kid in San Francisco. Ash moved to the City when he was just a young child to live with his grandmother and family. From an early age, he learned to navigate the urban environment and was able to help run the household as his grandmother aged. Ash developed a deep love of San Francisco – all its neighborhoods, parks, bridges, and people.
Ash worked in finance and built a successful business helping San Franciscans realize their dreams of homeownership in the City. Unfortunately, the Great Recession of 2008 forced Ash to make some difficult decisions, and he shifted his focus to revitalizing older homes in need of repair.
He works closely with his wife of 25 years, Susan, who is an experienced interior designer. Together they help families stay, and thrive, in San Francisco by upgrading run-down older buildings into seismically-sound, chemical-free havens with enough room for families to grow. Their projects include outdoor spaces for gardening, indoor and outdoor space for play, and common areas for families and friends to gather. Ash and Susan have raised three kids of their own in the City and believe there is great benefit for both urban kids and for the cities they inhabit.
While the Gujral’s have established the Gujral Community Fund to focus on the mission of keeping families in San Francisco, they been active supporters of other important and impactful charities for decades, including:
Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center
St. Jude Children Research Hospital
South of Market Child Care, Inc.
Tandem, Partners in Early Learning
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley