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Preeta Bansal

Preeta Bansal is the Global Chair of the United Religions Initiative and a former chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. She also served as a committee chair on the US President’s Advisory Group on Faith-Based Partnerships, focusing on poverty and inequality. A constitutional and US Supreme Court lawyer by background, she served for more than 25 years in some of the most senior posts in the public and corporate sectors – as senior lawyer and policy official in the Obama White House, as Solicitor General of the State of New York, as a US diplomat, and as a senior official in global corporations and law firms. After a long career scaling the heights of institutional power and rights-based approaches to systems change, she is focused on social change through designing networks based on love, inner work, and embodied relational and land-based practices. She is an anchor for ServiceSpace – an all-volunteer, global generosity-based ecosystem and movement of 2 million people worldwide committed to building collective capacity for sustainable transformation at the grassroots. ServiceSpace draws on all the world’s spiritual, indigenous, and wisdom traditions to further a vision of changing the world by changing ourselves, and innovates in network science and technology to amplify small shifts in behavior and consciousness by building local and global communities of practice. Preeta is a dedicated meditator, community volunteer, independent corporate director, investor, nonprofit leader, philanthropist, and lecturer at MIT. She is Chair of Civic Nebraska, one of the largest democracy-building organizations in the American heartland, and is on numerous corporate, nonprofit, foundation, and university boards. She is a graduate with top honors from Harvard-Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School. She received the National Organization of Women’s “Woman of Power and Influence Award”, was named one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America” by the National Law Journal, and received the “Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism” on Capitol Hill. She has been profiled by The New York Times as a “poised and playful” “superstar” and “nimble, unorthodox thinker.” She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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