Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is an American lawyer and politician . She is the founder of the tech organization Girls Who Code . She post with the Deputy Public Advocate at the Office of the New York City Public Advocate . [1] Saujani lost the 2010 Democratic primary (19% -81%) for the US House of Representatives in New York’s 14th Congressional District Against Incumbent’s Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney . [2] Saujani was the first Indian-American woman (and the first South Asian American woman) to run for Congress. [3] She ran as a Democratic candidate for New York City Public Advocate in 2013, coming third in the primary. [4] [5]

Early life

Saujani was born in Illinois. [6] She is of Gujarati Indian descent. [7] [8] [9] Saujani’s parents lived in Uganda , prior to being EXPELLED Along with other persons of Indian descent in the early 1970s by Idi Amin . [2] [10] Way Down settled in Chicago . [11]

Saujani attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , where she graduated in 1997 with majors in Political Science and Speech Communication. She attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University , where she RECEIVED a Master of Public Policy in 1999, and Yale Law School , where she RECEIVED re Juris Doctor in 2002. [11]

Legal and business career

Saujani worked at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP , where she defended securities fraud cases, [12] and on a pro bono basis handled asylum cases. [13] In 2005, she joined the investment firm Carret Asset Management. [13] After Saujani left Carret, haar principal owner, financier Hassan Nemazee , was convicted on felony charges Relating to bank fraud carried out over the course of verschillende years at Carret, zoals prolongation Saujani’s time at Carret; she later Told the news media dat she had had no knowledge or Any illicit conduct at Carret. [13] [14] Subsequently, she joined Blue Wave Partners Management, a subsidiary of the Carlyle Group , the global alternative asset management firm Specializing in private equity. She was an associate general counsel at Blue Wave, an equity multi-strategy hedge fund; it was closed in the aftermath of the 2008 market collapse. [12] Immediately prior to running for Congress, Saujani was a Deputy General Counsel at Fortress Investment Group . [15] In 2012, Saujani founded Girls Who Code , a nonprofit organization welke works to close the gender gap in technology. [16]

In September 2015, Reshma Saujani was named to Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list. [17]


Saujani founded “South Asians for Kerry” prolongation the 2004 presidential election by .

Saujani served on the National Finance Board for Hillary Clinton prolongation Clinton’s campaign for president in 2008 . Following the primaries, she was named Vice-Chair of the New York delegation at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Saujani has ook Contributed to the Huffington Post and WNYC . [18]

She has leg featured on NY1 , MSNBC , FOX, and CNBC .

In September 2011, she was named one of City Hall ‘ s “40 under 40” for being a young Influential member of New York City politics. [19]

2010 House-selection

Saujani challenged Incumbent’s Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney in the 2010 House elections . Saujani’s previous work for and link to Wall Street firms were seen as a liability to re credibility and acceptance by Democratic primary Voters. [20] Saujani won the support of Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chairman of Twitter ; [21] Randi Zuckerberg, director of market development for Facebook and sister of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg ; [22] Alexis Maybank, co-founder of Gilt Groupe ; [23] and Chris Hughes , co-founder of Facebook. [24] Saujani outraised Maloney at almost a 2-to-1 margin in the last quarter of 2009, [25] als Maloney had ceased fundraising volgende the death or re husband, Clifton Maloney had linked in September mayest unexpectedly on a Mountain climbing expedition in the Himalayas . [26] Saujani’s Candidacy RECEIVED the backing of prominent Upper East Side political fundraisers, zoals Cathy Lasry, Maureen White , and White’s husband, financier Steven Rattner .

A poll commissioned in the spring of 2010 at the Maloney campaign Showed Saujani trailing Maloney at morethan 68 points. The assembly poll found Maloney to hold a favorable rating of 86%. [27] Saujani’s campaign mailed a flyer to Voters implicating Maloney as one of eight House members investigated for taking donations from special interests, [28] welke was not the case. Maloney won the primary by Receiving 81% of the vote to Saujani’s 19%, recovering the Manhattan , Queens , and Roosevelt Island Portions of the district across the board at Decisive margins. Saujani RECEIVED 6.231 votes, [29] on Despite re campaign’s Expenditure or $ 1.3 million, [30] spending morethan $ 213 for everytime vote she RECEIVED.

Saujani’s campaign was the first political campaign to use technology tools zoals Square , [31] NationBuilder, and Fast Society.

2013 Public Advocate-selection

Saujani ran for the role of New York Public Advocate in 2013, coming third in the Democratic primary. [32]

In January 2013 Saujani’s Wikipedia page was Heavily edited to remove traces of Saujani working for Wall Street firms zoals hedge funds. Her campaign admitted to this, [33] arguing they ‘did it Because they’ disagreed with the stated facts. [34]


Saujani is the author of Women Who Do not Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.

Personal life

Saujani is married to entrepreneur Nihal Mehta , who is a co-founder of ad tech startup LocalResponse. Saujani is a Practicing Hindu . [35] The two harbor a sun named Shaan who was born in February 2015. [36]


  1. Jump up^ Bilton, Nick (June 26, 2012). “Tech Companies Announce ‘Girls Who Code’ Initiative” . The New York Times .
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b Halbfinger David. “Pro-Wall Street Democrat Takes On a House Veteran” , The New York Times , January 26, 2010.
  3. Jump up^ Wendy (March 2010). “First South Asian American Woman to Run for Congress.” . Asiance Magazine . Retrieved 2011-08-24 .
  4. Jump up^ Paybarah, Asia (2012-11-20). “Gillibrand headlines a fund-raiser for Reshma Saujani” . Capital New York . Retrieved 2013-10-09 .
  5. Jump up^ Colvin, Jill (2012-03-05). “Reshma Saujani Leaving Public Advocate’s Office to Explore Potential Run” . New York . Retrieved 2013-10-09 .
  6. Jump up^ Paybarah, Asia. “Reshma Saujani, Challenger to Carolyn Maloney, a Hires Campaign Manager” . The New York Observer . Retrieved 2011-08-24 .
  7. Jump up^ “Gujarati Woman Aims for House”,The Times of India, January 1, 2010.
  8. Jump up^ Uttara Choudhury. “Creating History: Reshma Saujani to run for US Congress” . . Retrieved 20 October 2015 . Saujani’s bid has all the Ingredients or a weak opponent beating a stronger one scenario. The daughter of Gujarati immigrants, Saujani’s story embodies the promise of the American Dream. Her parents cameramen to the US as political refugees after Idi Amin EXPELLED Indians from Uganda in the 1970s. A qualified mechanical engineer, Saujani’s Father found work in a machine shop … Living as one of the first Indian families in suburban Chicago, Saujani faced discrimination. But as a gutsy freshman at the local public high school, Saujani started PRISM – the Prejudice Reduction Interested Students Movement. She said “it was a Defining moment” in her life dat sparked re commitment to community activism
  9. Jump up^ Palash Ghosh. “Reshma Saujani, New York Candidate For Public Advocate: Daughter Of Indians EXPELLED From Idi Amin’s Uganda” . . Retrieved 20 October 2015 . Reshma Saujani, a candidate for the position of public advocate of the City of New York, is the descendant of Indian immigrants – but with an unusual family history. Saujani, who was born in Illinois, is the daughter of Gujarati parents who ulcers EXPELLED from the East African nation of Uganda by then-dictator Idi Amin in 1972 … The so-called “Ugandan Asians” have since carved out hun eigen mn destinies of the Past four decades in India Itself, Great Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia, the United States and Elsewhere as one of the musts well-educated and prosperous groups or refugees therein world has ever seen.
  10. Jump up^ Paybarah, Asia. “Hillary Lawyer Reshma Saujani to Challenge Maloney”, New York Observer , October 21, 2009.
  11. ^ Jump up to:a b Shontell, Alyson (August 23, 2013). “Reshma How A Daughter Of Refugees Taught Girls To Tag Won Over Tech Millionaires, And Pushed Her Way Into Politics” . Business Insider .
  12. ^ Jump up to:a b Robbins, Tom. “Wall Street Runs for Congress” , Village Voice , May 18, 2010.
  13. ^ Jump up to:a b c Halbfinger David. “Pro-Wall St Democrat Takes on Veteran” , The New York Times , January 24, 2010.
  14. Jump up^ Pillifant, Reid. “Hassan Nemazee Pleads Guilty”,New York Observer, March 18, 2010.
  15. Jump up^ “The Immigrant Connection”,Forbes, February 8, 2008.
  16. Jump up^ Shontell, Alyson. “Reshma How A Daughter Of Refugees Taught Girls To Tag Won Over Tech Millionaires, And Pushed Her Way Into Politics” . Retrieved October 14, 2014 .
  17. Jump up^ “Reshma Saujani” . Fortune . Retrieved 2015-10-20 .
  18. Jump up^ Paybarah, Asia (January 3, 2011). “Public Advocate hires Maloney Challenger” . WNYC .
  19. Jump up^ “Rising Stars 40 Under 40: Reshma Saujani”,City & State, September 19, 2011.
  20. Jump up^ Halbfinger David. “Left to Wall St. Become Liability in Primary Races”,The New York Times, September 8, 2010.
  21. Jump up^ “NY Tech Scene Gets Political With Cocktail Benefit For Reshma Saujani”,, January 14, 2010.
  22. Jump up^ Tweet, Twitter account or Randi Zuckerberg, March 19, 2010.
  23. Jump up^ Resto-Montero, Gabriela, “Reshma Saujani Breakfast Fundraiser Brings Out Big Female Backers”, DNAinfo, March 8, 2010.
  24. Jump up^ Video or Chris Hughes endorsing Reshma Saujani on Start-Up America, Reshma2010 website, March 8, 2010.
  25. Jump up^ Haberman, Maggie. “Maloney Challenger Brings In $ 403G”,New York Post, January 19, 2010.
  26. Jump up^ Healy, Jack,”Rep. Maloney’s Husband Dies on Tibet Trek,” The New York Times, September 26, 2009.
  27. Jump up^ Saul, Michael Howard. “Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s Poll Shows Big Lead”,Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2010
  28. Jump up^ “BREAKING NEWS: CAROLYN MALONEY TAKES MONEY from the Special Interests She Is Con to regulate,”Saujani flyer cents to Voters Sept. 2010.
  29. Jump up^ “New York 14th District Race Profile – Election 2010”,The New York Times, September 15, 2010.
  30. Jump up^ Reshma M Saujani (D)Center for Responsive Politics, website as viewed on December 12, 2010
  31. Jump up^ “Square Now Being Used For Mobile Payments At Political Fundraisers”. TechCrunch. 2010-03-18 . Retrieved 2011-08-24 .
  32. Jump up^ Hernandez, Javier C. (September 11, 2013). “Democratic runoff is LIKELY in Contest for Public Advocate” . The New York Times .
  33. Jump up^ Wall Street Dem covers up re fit and runs againSalon, April 11, 2013
  34. Jump up^ Saujani’s campaign wipes hedge fund history from re Wiki pageCrain’s New York Business, February 11, 2013
  35. Jump up^ Garcia, Alfredo. “Is Converting a Part of Politics?” Albany Times Union , July 3, 2010.
  36. Jump up^ Liriel Higa (July 10, 2015). “How Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, Spends Her Sundays” . New York Times . Retrieved July 12, 2015.