Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani joins mParticle board

Reshma Saujani

Indian American activist has been working for women and girls’ economic empowerment

Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani has joined the Board of Directors of mParticle, the leading enterprise customer data infrastructure company that helps businesses manage data along the entire product and customer lifecycle.

“Saujani’s background as a leader in equality and empowerment, will work with mParticle to help the team achieve its mission of helping companies accelerate the future through data,” the company said announcing her appointment Dec 14.

“Reshma is an inspiration to so many, including myself. She has inspired an entire generation of young women to think differently about what they are capable of, and what they can become,” said Michael Katz, CEO of mParticle.

“Her focus on not only solving big problems, but her success in creating a movement is truly incredible. I couldn’t be more excited to work with, and learn from her.”

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“I am beyond thrilled to work with the mParticle board and executive team as they continue to realize their mission of helping teams accelerate the speed that data moves throughout organizations,” said Saujani.

“Teams today face a set of unprecedented challenges related to the workforce, and I couldn’t be more excited to work with Michael and the board to help them continue to build not only a huge company but movement around responsible data usage.”

Founded in 2013, New York headquartered mParticle helps companies like Starbucks, NBCUniversal, Spotify and Airbnb use mParticle to deliver great customer experiences and accelerate growth by solving the foundational challenges, according to the release.

Saujani serves on the Board of Overseers for Harvard University and on the Board of Overseers for the International Rescue Committee, which provides aid to refugees and those impacted by humanitarian crises.

In addition, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Economic Club of New York, and as an ex-officio Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

In response to the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on America’s moms, Saujani launched the Marshall Plan for Moms to advocate for policies that value women’s labor in and out of the home.

Saujani has successfully worked with House and Senate leaders to introduce “Marshall Plan for Moms” legislation at the federal level and is continuing to act as an outside agitator to change culture through creative awareness campaigns.

She has spent more than a decade building movements to fight for women and girls’ economic empowerment, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector.

Saujani is also the author of the international bestseller Brave, Not Perfect, and her influential TED talk, “Teach girls, bravery not perfection,” has more than five million views globally.

Saujani began her career as an attorney and Democratic organizer. In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for US Congress.

She also served as New York City’s Deputy Public Advocate, where she created innovative partnerships to support DREAMers and promote campaign finance reform, among other initiatives.

In her nine-year tenure as the CEO of Girls Who Code, Saujani grew the organization to one of the largest and most prestigious non-profits in the country.

Today, Girls Who Code has taught 300,000 girls through direct in-person computer science education programming, and reached 500 million people worldwide through its New York Times-bestselling book series and award-winning campaigns. In 2019, Girls Who Code was awarded Most Innovative Non-Profit by Fast Company.

Her innovative approach to movement building has earned her broad recognition on lists including: Fortune World’s Greatest Leaders; Fortune 40 Under 40; WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year; Forbes Most Powerful Women Changing the World; and Fast Company 100 Most Creative People, among others. She is the winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education.

Saujani is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School.

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