Pooja was born in India, but grew up in the United States. In 2018, she graduated from American University in Washington, DC with degrees in Economics and International Studies, specializing in justice, ethics, and human rights, and South Asia. After graduating, Pooja worked on several ocean and climate-related projects at the Meridian Institute. Now, she works for the Kennebunkport Climate Initiative as a Youth Network Strategic Consultant. As their first Climate Career winner, Pooja started Youth Climate Collaborative, which makes it easier for youth to get involved and remain involved in environmental work and fosters meaningful collaboration with youth.