Maneesh K. Goyal


Maneesh Goyal

Maneesh K. Goyal


Maneesh K. Goyal was appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in 2014. He was reappointed in January 2017.

Entrepreneur Maneesh K. Goyal is the Chief Executive Officer of Pineapple Co, the parent company to a portfolio of businesses he founded: MKG, Pink Sparrow, Live in the Grey, and 214.

Goyal began his entrepreneurial journey in 2003 when he founded MKG, an award-winning event marketing agency. With offices in New York and Los Angeles, MKG’s clients include Delta Air Lines, Audi, Heineken, and Google. MKG has twice been named to Crain’s New York’s “50 Fastest Growing Companies” list, in 2013 and 2014, and is a perennial fixture on numerous Best Places to Work lists.

In recent years, Goyal has spun off two additional companies from MKG: Pink Sparrow, a Brooklyn-based design and fabrication shop that builds custom pieces and sets for brands and agencies, and 214, a boutique marketing and branding agency that works primarily with startups and small-to-midsize companies to develop comprehensive brand identities and marketing plans.

A passionate advocate for the power of positive and engaging workplaces, Goyal founded Live in the Grey in 2013 as a movement that challenges the work/life divide and encourages authentic living in and out of the workplace. LITG is a recognized thought leader on millennial workplace issues and a frequent contributor to Current Live in the Grey supporters and partners include Lululemon Athletica, Charlie Rose, and Warby Parker.

Goyal is a Board Member of the Serious Fun Children’s Network, a global membership organization of summer camps for seriously ill children, founded by Paul Newman. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of NYC & Company, the official tourism organization of New York City. In addition, Goyal is an active angel investor in New York, with interests ranging from restaurants to technology startups.

Goyal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Master of Public Health degree from Yale University. He lives with his husband, Andrew Wingrove, in New York City and Atlanta.