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Mira Patel

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Master of Business Administration



Estee Lauder Point Scholar

Mira Patel (they/them) most recently served on the Biden-Harris Transition Team, and has worked at the intersection of public, private, and philanthropic organizations to expand domestic and international economic opportunity and human rights, including advising two Cabinet officials as a Barack Obama Administration appointee.  Mira has been a leader on LGBTQ rights, driving the Obama Administration’s work on international LGBTQ human rights under Secretary Hillary Clinton while appointed to her Policy Planning Staff, authoring the related 2011 Presidential Memorandum and founding the Global Equality Fund, a first-of-its-kind multi-million dollar partnership of governments and private sector entities supporting LGBTQ rights organizations in 40+ countries. Informed by their perspective as a trans person of color and first generation American, Mira convened the Biden campaign’s LGBTQ Policy Committee and served as Senior Policy Advisor for LGBTQ outreach, receiving national recognition as Out in National Security 2020 Leader. Previously, Mira led a $30 million economic impact budget at Facebook, driving programs and government partnerships in 15+ countries, and worked for Gene Sperling on his 2020 book, Economic Dignity. Mira is a graduate of Wellesley College and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member, Atlantic Council Millennium Fellow, Truman Center for National Policy Senior Visiting Fellow, Wharton Social Impact Initiative Fellow, and Point Foundation scholar.

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