Smita Satiani

Director of Engagement, White House Presidential Innovation Fellows


Smita Satiani has spent the last ten years at the forefront of the innovation economy, in economic development, entrepreneurship and impact investing across the world.  She currently serves on the Leadership Team of the White House's Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF), a start-up inside the federal government which pairs diverse technologists and innovators with changemakers working at the highest levels of the federal government to tackle some our nation’s biggest challenges with a user-centric approach. As the Director of Engagement, she leads project and product curation, portfolio strategy, knowledge collection, and agency engagement for U.S. government agencies. Prior to PIF, Satiani spend nearly four years at Ashoka, the largest network of social entrepreneurs across the world, funding systems changing innovators and launching and scaling accelerator programs in the US, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Germany, France and East and West Africa. Before Ashoka, she held positions at the William J. Clinton Foundation managing an entrepreneur mentoring program for women and minority small-business owners, and at the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women focusing on expanding access to non-traditional jobs for women. She has served as a consultant for the Clinton Global Initiative, a mentor for the University of Pennsylvania's Global Social Impact House, and as a founding team member for the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA). She completed her B.A. in Criminology and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, received a Master of Public Policy at USC’s School of Policy, Planning, & Development, and has completed international policy and secret intelligence programs at Georgetown's Public Policy Institute and at the University of Cambridge in the U.K.

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