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  • Email: shyama.venkateswar@hunter.cuny.edu
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  • Bio:

    Shyama Venkateswar is Director of the Public Policy Program at Roosevelt House & Distinguished Lecturer at Hunter College, CUNY. In this capacity, she manages operations for the growth, success, and evaluation of the program. She leads the Program’s undergraduate curriculum; designs courses with policy experts who serve as adjuncts in the program; teaches the senior Capstone Seminar; implements several on-going initiatives for student and faculty engagement; directs a scholars program funded by the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women; and is currently creating evaluation measures for student learning and outcomes as part of Hunter’s Middle States accreditation process. She is a regular contributor to Roosevelt House’s website on a variety of national and global policy topics. She has almost twenty years of experience in research, policy and advocacy focusing on social justice issues.

    Before arriving at Roosevelt House, she worked at the National Council for Research on Women (now merged with the ICRW) as the Director of Research & Programs. She is the author of several NCRW reports in addition to numerous commentary and opinion pieces on poverty, job creation, peace-building, and immigrant rights published in The Miami Herald, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Asia Times, The Indian Express, and the Chicago Sun-Times. Her work has been profiled inCrain’s New York Business.

    She has given Congressional briefings, and presented her research findings to academic, policy, nonprofit & corporate audiences. Her other positions include: founding Executive Director, Mercy Corps’ Action Center to End World Hunger; Director, Asian Social Issues Program at the Asia Society; Program Officer, Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs; Strategic Consultant, Observer Research Foundation, India; and Consultant, The Arkin Group.

    She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and is a graduate of Smith College.