The Women in Public Service Project is pleased to welcome Mira Patel as the newest member of our Advisory Council. The WPSP Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to the WPSP Director and the Board of Directors on strategy and issues in their individual areas of expertise, in keeping with the goals and initiatives of WPSP. As a member of the Advisory Council, Mira Patel will provide guidance to build critical public-private partnerships to drive gender parity.

Mira Patel is a Wharton MBA and former Obama Administration official who has built multimillion-dollar partnerships and advised two Cabinet officials on foreign affairs and economic policy. She is currently a Fellow at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

Mira is focused on furthering economic development and the advancement of human rights through technology, entrepreneurship, and innovative public-private partnerships. Most recently she served as the Senior Advisor for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and was previously appointed to Secretary Clinton’s Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State developing policy, programming, and communications on international human rights. In these roles, Mira launched multimillion-dollar public-private partnerships including the Global Equality Fund and the Women in Public Service Project and defined U.S. diplomatic policies and operations on gender integration and international LGBT rights. She previously worked for the U.S. Senate for Senator Clinton, the Center for American Progress, and Lehman Brothers.

Mira holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Political Science from Wellesley College. She has been recognized for her public service contributions by the Washington Post, McKinsey & Company, American Association of University Women, Advocate Magazine, and Go Magazine. She is a Council on Foreign Relations Term Member and serves on its Term Member Advisory Board, a member of the Advisory Council of the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project, and was previously a Point Foundation Scholar and Atlantic Council Millennium Fellow.

The WPSP Advisory Council consists of various public servants, private-sector leaders, and individuals dedicated to women’s policy and political leadership. See the full list of Advisory Council members here.