P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Sushma Sheth Ray, 2009

Chief Change Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Sushma Sheth Ray is the child of immigrants from India and Ethiopia

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MBA in Business at Northwestern University

Sushma is Chief Change Officer at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Prior to joining the century-old healthcare institution, Sushma was a senior executive at Accenture Strategy, advising Fortune 100 companies, governments, and NGOs facing strategic, culture, and leadership challenges. Originally from Miami, she cofounded the community-based social justice organization, Miami Workers Center, and helped build other local and national coalitions for progressive change. 

Sushma serves on the National Council of Graywolf Press, advisor to National Domestic Workers Association Labs, and frequents as visiting faculty at Harvard Kennedy School.

Sushma is a 2009 Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellow, Harvard Center for Public Leadership Dubin Fellow, Miami Fellow, New American Fellow and one of Miami’s 2005 Power Women. She earned an AB from Brown University, MBA from Kellogg School of Management and MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. Daughter of Indian immigrants and small business owners, Sushma currently resides in Brooklyn with her partner and puppy. 

  • MPA Public Adminstration | Harvard University 2012
  • MBA Business | Northwestern University 2011
  • BA Development Studies | Brown University 2001
Work History
  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Chief Change Officer | June 2019 - PRESENT
  • Accenture, Senior Executive Manager/Associate Director at Accenture Strategy
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