President's Council Member
Preeta D. Bansal has served in senior roles in government, global business, and corporate law practice. She served as General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House’s Office of Management & Budget and as Solicitor General of the State of New York. In the private sector, she was a partner at Skadden, Arps in New York City, and a global general counsel in London for one of the world’s largest banks. She was a Commissioner and Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan federal human rights agency from 2003-2009, and a leader of President Obama’s Advisory Committee on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships focusing on poverty and inequality in America in 2015-2016. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an independent corporate director of Nelnet, Inc. (NYSE: NNI), among many other board and advisory roles. A former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, she received the National Organization of Women’s “Woman of Power and Influence Award” in 2006 and was named one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal in 2008. She recently has been a lecturer at MIT and senior advisor at the Laboratory for Social Machines based at the MIT Media Lab.