Deepa Willingham, residing in Lompoc, CA, is a naturalized citizen of the United States,

was born and brought up in Calcutta (Kolkata), India where she obtained her primary

(under the stewardship of Mother Teresa, who was her teacher), secondary and undergraduate

educations in Kolkata and graduate degrees in the US. Prior to her entrepreneurial

endeavors in the energy sector, Rotarian Willingham served as the Administrative

Director of Ancillary Services in the

hospital industry.

Deepa is an active Rotarian and served as the District Governor for Rotary District 5240 in 2010-2011. She is the

Past President of the Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley, being named the Rotarian-of-the-Year during her year as

President and has been the winner of many humanitarian awards including the winner of Santa Barbara’s ‘Gutsy

Gals You Inspire Me Award’ in 2013; one of the “Women of Action” Honoree at the White House in 2014; Time

Now – Global Amazing Indian awardee from the Times of India in 2015; one of three Inspiring Women of Action

at World Bank’s celebration of International Women’s Day in Washington DC, 2016; and the recipient of

the 2018 United Nations Association (UNA) Peace Prize.

She is an ardent believer of the principles of Rotary and therefore, actively participates in recruitment and retention

of Rotary members. During her year as Club President, she added 12 new members to her club, she chartered

a new club, and she helped her daughter – Rotarian Reena Howmiller - establish a community based Rotaract

Club in Santa Barbara. PDG Deepa believes that PEACE is not just the absence of war. It is for us to actively

create a lack of poverty, injustice, non-human environment, and hopelessness for our fellow citizens.

Thus, in her dream to create peace, she founded PACE Universal –, an US not-for-profit

organization spearheading programs that are eradicating poverty, injustice, non-human environment/condition

including trafficking through the education of girls and women, providing adult education/vocational training/

micro-loans and upgrading the living conditions through holistic village rehabilitation. It is her aspiration to make

the first PACE Learning Center be a model for duplication around the world on our pathway to peace.