Madhavi earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters In Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. A recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship (Philippines), she has contributed to numerous books and journal articles on the subject of sustainability and economics, including writing her own text books: Economics Principles: A Primer, A Framework for Sustainable Practices; Foundations in Microeconomics, A Framework for Sustainable Practices; and Foundations in Macroeconomics, A Framework for Sustainable Practices, as well as, her most recent title as of August 2019, Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. Her present academic interests include the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum.
Prior to re-entering academics, Madhavi held senior level positions in investor relations for three Fortune 250 companies. In this capacity she was a key point of contact for investors and stakeholders and was instrumental in the development of socially responsible investing strategies and corporate social responsibility reporting. She started her financial services career after completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis where she held a joint appointment in Economics and Afro-American Studies.
Madhavi is presently a full-time faculty member at Northeastern University in Boston and the executive director of Sustainable Practices, a 501(c)3 based on Cape Cod committed to environmental stewardship. The organization, as of 2019, initiated a grassroots effort across the 15 towns that comprise Cape Cod (Barnstable County), focused on the prohibition of town purchase of single-use plastic bottled beverages and the sale of beverages in single-use plastic containers referred to as the Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban.