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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Vivek Viswanathan, 2013

MBA/JD, Stanford University

Vivek Viswanathan is the child of immigrants from India

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MBA/JD in Business and Law at Stanford University

Vivek is a Democratic candidate for California State Treasurer. 

Vivek most recently served as special advisor in the Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., managing key projects in policy areas ranging from job creation and infrastructure to health care and public safety. He helped organize the Global Climate Action Summit that Governor Brown will host in California this fall. And he worked with the Governor to protect Californians from actions that targeted the the state's immigrants, health care, and environment. 

Vivek previously served as a full-time policy advisor on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. He crafted her policy agenda to make public colleges and universities tuition-free for working families. He also developed her proposal to tackle the nation’s trillion-dollar student loan portfolio and cut debt for millions of borrowers. And he pushed policies to invest in scientific research, expand opportunities for people with disabilities, and promote public service and civic engagement.

Vivek was born in Brooklyn to parents of Indian descent. In college and law school, he volunteered with local organizations that helped immigrants apply for United States citizenship and continues to do so today. 

Vivek received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University, a master's degree (MPhil) as a Henry Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and JD and MBA degrees from Stanford University. 

In addition to his passion for history and public policy, Vivek enjoys endurance sports. He is a three-time qualifier for the Boston Marathon and has completed two Ironman triathlons (each consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run).

  • MBA Business | Stanford University 2014
  • JD Law | Stanford University 2014
  • MPhil Historical Studies | University of Cambridge 2010
  • AB History | Harvard University 2009
Work History
  • Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Policy advisor
  • Office of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Special advisor
  • California State Treasurer, Democratic candidate | January 2018