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Sadia Sindhu 

Executive Director, Center for Effective Government 

University of Chicago 

Chicago, IL 


Sadia Sindhu is the founding executive director of the Center for Effective Government at the University of Chicago. She leads strategy, planning, development, and operations for the Center, whose mission is to study, debate, and advance reforms that strengthen institutions and the government’s capacity to solve public problems. She has served in a variety of strategic roles in the public and private sector, most recently as the director of the University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy, a premier multi-disciplinary leadership development program for Chicago civic leaders. Sadia previously worked at Rothschild Global Advisory, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Human Capital Research Corporation. She mentors with the University of Chicago First-generation, Low-income, Immigrant (FLI) Network, and with Evanston Scholars, working one-on-one with a first-generation college student of color and their family over six years; she is the former chair of the Board of Directors’ Public Policy Committee for the Muslim Public Affairs Council. She earned a BSFS from Georgetown University and an MS in higher education policy from Northwestern University. Sadia is a Fellow of the second class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. 

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