Shilpa Phadke Click to download hi-resolution image

Expertise: Women’s economic security, women's rights, legislative and executive process, government innovation and diversity

Shilpa Phadke is the senior director of the Women’s Initiative at American Progress. Her work focuses on a wide range of women’s issues, including work-family balance, pay equity, and women’s leadership.

Prior to joining American Progress, Phadke served in the White House as the special assistant to the president for Cabinet affairs. In that role, Phadke managed the relationship between the White House and more than 12 economic, domestic, and international agencies in order to advance the administration’s policy, communications, regulatory, and program implementation priorities. Phadke has also worked as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of State, as deputy director for legislative affairs at the Council on Environmental Quality, and as a senior legislative policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to her work in the Obama administration, Phadke served as a policy advisor on the Obama-Biden presidential transition team and as a member of the paid media and opinion research team for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency.

Earlier in her career, Phadke worked at the Glover Park Group, a strategic communications firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., where she provided strategic counsel to both corporate and nonprofit clients pursuing policy, legislative, or reputational goals.

Phadke began her career working for former Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) on Capitol Hill, where she played a key role in the congressman’s advocacy for families affected by 9/11. In addition to economic and women’s issues, her policy experience includes economic development, education, energy, environment, health care, homeland security, immigration, trade, and technology.

A native of Massachusetts, Phadke received a master’s in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.