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Kiran Ahuja, 2018 Final Showdown Judge

Kiran Ahuja brings more than two decades of public service and nonprofit sector leadership experience, including senior positions in the Obama administration, to our six-state network of foundations and corporate giving programs. She is now leading one of the oldest regional associations of philanthropists in the country, joining Philanthropy Northwest as CEO at a critical time for the sector and our communities.

Kiran has made it her life’s work to serve diverse communities, beginning her career as a civil rights lawyer at the U.S. Department of Justice. She spent six years as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, leading efforts to increase access to federal services, resources and programs for underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). She went on to serve as chief of staff at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where she played a key role in building the dynamic senior leadership team at a critical juncture for the agency.

Kiran grew up in Savannah, Georgia, where her family immigrated to the United States from India and England. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Spelman College and a law degree from the University of Georgia.