President and Co-Founder
Margaret Gupta is an entrepreneur, social activist, and philanthropist. Driven by her passion to improve the lives of others, Ms. Gupta serves as President of the Gupta Family Foundation (formerly Apex Foundation), a private foundation that supports organizations around the globe that are dedicated to helping disadvantaged people become self-reliant. She also serves on the Boards of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Center for American Progress, Global Camps Africa, and is a member of 100Women Strong. She also co-founded WinVirginia and WinDEM, political PACs dedicated to ensuring a strong democracy.
Ms. Gupta is COO of Apex CoVantage where she oversees the company’s global operations and drives the adoption of cutting-edge technologies throughout the organization. She believes that Apex should act not just as a company, but as an agent of positive social change. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MA in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Shashikant Gupta
Co-Founder and Board Member
A strong sense of social justice inspired Dr. Shashikant Gupta to establish the Gupta Family Foundation. Dr. Gupta is also Co-Founder of WinVirginia and WinDEM, political PACs dedicated to strengthening our democracy and encouraging civil dialog in American society.
Dr. Gupta is CEO of Apex CoVantage, which he co-founded in 1988. At Apex, he provides strategic direction for the company while also playing a central role in conceptualizing, designing and overseeing the development of numerous trailblazing technologies in diverse markets such as digital content creation, geographic information systems (GIS), and smart metering for utilities. He holds an MBA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
John Kuranz has volunteered with charitable organizations at home and abroad throughout his life, most recently with Habitat for Humanity where he participated in work projects in the U.S. and India. Mr. Kuranz has over 30 years of experience in electronic publishing and internet applications in research and content creation. He has served as CEO of Access Integrity, Vice President and Managing Director of Chemical Information Services Vendome, and Executive Vice President, Global Business Strategy at Apex CoVantage. Mr. Kuranz holds a BS in biochemistry from Texas A&M/St. Mary’s University and an MBA at Northern Illinois University.
Karen Kuranz has been a part of the Gupta Family Foundation since 2007. Mrs. Kuranz was born into a service-oriented family. When she was young, her father ran The Weekend Work Camp, a program that brought young people from middle-class backgrounds and underprivileged city dwellers together to rebuild slum dwellings in inner-city Philadelphia. During her teenage years, Mrs. Kuranz participated in this program and as an adult, she became involved in her area’s literacy program, teaching English to a young Mexican mother and helping her obtain her U.S. citizenship. She also volunteered for many years at The Kennet Friend’s Home, helping seniors maintain interesting and dignified lives. In 1995, Mrs. Kuranz and her husband, John, began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity which took them on three international blitz builds in the Philippines, South Korea, and Mexico. Today, much of Mrs. Kuranz’s volunteer work is focused on her Santa Fe, New Mexico community. Mrs. Kuranz has also participated in various Gupta Family Foundation-sponsored work projects in the U.S. and abroad and holds a BA in English literature from Widener University.
Melissa W McQuade
Melissa W McQuade has been the corporate secretary of the Gupta Family Foundation for nearly a decade. In this role, she handles interactions with grantees on all levels, including initial review of grants, distribution, and tracking funding to grantees. Ms. McQuade joined Apex CoVantage in 2007 as Office Manager and leverages 35 years of administrative experience managing the Herndon, Virginia, headquarters, along with Apex’s Madison, Wisconsin office. Prior to joining Apex, Ms. McQuade spent 16 years as Legal Assistant and Office Manager at the law firm of Snead & Mims in Fairfax, Virginia. Ms. McQuade attended Draughon Business College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and volunteers as a blood drive coordinator for the American Red Cross.