Rajendra Lama started his career as a teacher in Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu in the 1980’s. Then he joined the University of Michigan research team as a research assistant on their ethnographic study of the Tamang Community in remote locations of Timling, Dhading etc. Rajendra moved to the United States in the late 80’s to continue his work with the University in Michigan. He later moved to New York and then to Seattle where he was involved in property renovation and development.
Rajendra flew back to Nepal immediately after the earthquake to help the victims in Dhading, Budhanilkantha and Sindhupalchowk. He joined forces with Gopal Lama who was working with the children affected by the earthquake in Helambu. Rajendra is the Founding Chair of Just Nepal Foundation.