P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Sushma Gandhi, 2008

JD, Harvard University

Sushma Gandhi is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Harvard University

SUSHMA GANDHI is Engagement Manager at Mckinsey and Co in Washington, DC.

Sushma was born in the US. Her parents are Indian by origin and are now naturalized US citizens. They live in Granada Hills, California.

Sushima received her JD at Harvard University in June 2009. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 2003, majoring in history and ethnicity, race and migration. She received the Andrew White and Richard C. Hegel senior thesis awards. Sushma used her biweekly column for the Yale Daily News to describe thee local manifestations of national and international policy problems, acquainting her classmates with the larger environment in which they studied and lived.

After graduation from Yale University, Sushima ran Mayor DeStefano's campaign for re-election and subsequently took a job directing the mayor's efforts to receive the Democratic party nomination for Governor. While working for Mayor DeStefano, she participated in a successful city-wide effort to force a demutualizing bank to establish a "city bank" to focus on community issues, helping her realize how critical safe credit is to the stability of communities. Sushma has focused her legal interests on economic security issues for people and communities, working currently on the threat of foreclosures resulting from subprime loans though her clinical and advocacy work, academic writing and contributions to the Warren Reports blog.

With plans to work as a consumer advocate at a private financial institution, Sushma aspires to start her "own socially minded private bank that is committed to political advocacy and focused on providing credit in distressed urban centers and credit-needy countries."
 

Education
  • JD Law | Harvard University 2009
  • BA History and Ethnicity and Race | Yale University 2003
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