BA ’96, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; JD ’02, Yale University
New York, New York
Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit working to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does.
After beginning her career in law and finance, Saujani became the first Indian American woman to run for Congress in 2010. During the race, she visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which inspired her to start Girls Who Code.
A passionate advocate for women’s leadership, she has written three books on female empowerment, and her TED talk, “Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection,” has more than four million views. She serves on the boards of the International Rescue Committee, the Museum of Modern Art, and She Should Run, which seeks to increase the number of women running for office in the U.S.
Since earning her master’s in public policy from Harvard Kennedy School, Saujani has visited campus to speak and mentor students. She was the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s convocation speaker in 2017.
“The Kennedy School made a huge impact on my life, and I would love to give back to the Harvard community. I am most concerned that diversity and equity as values are at risk at institutions of higher education. As an Overseer, I will continue to fight for those values to ensure that Harvard is preparing the next generation of women—and women of color—who will make our world a better place through technology.”