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Expertise: Women’s economic security, women's rights, legislative and executive process, government innovation and diversity

Shilpa Phadke is the vice president of the Women’s Initiative at American Progress. In this capacity, she oversees American Progress’ policy development and analysis, as well as its advocacy and outreach work on women’s issues.

Her work focuses on a wide range of women’s issues, including women’s economic security; women’s health and rights; and women’s leadership, where she strives to ensure that women are at the center of the progressive policy agenda.

Prior to joining American Progress, Phadke served in the Obama White House as the special assistant to the president for Cabinet affairs. In that role, Phadke managed the relationship between the White House and more than 12 economic, domestic, and international agencies in order to advance the administration’s policy, communications, regulatory, and program implementation priorities.

Phadke has also worked as a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of State, as deputy director for legislative affairs at the Council on Environmental Quality, and as a senior legislative policy adviser for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to her work in the Obama administration, Phadke served as a policy adviser on the Obama-Biden presidential transition team and as a member of the paid media and opinion research team for then-Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign for the presidency.

Phadke began her career working for former Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) on Capitol Hill, where she played a key role in the congressman’s advocacy for families affected by 9/11.

A native of Massachusetts, Phadke received a master’s in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College.

By Shilpa Phadke
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Workers Should Not Have to Choose Between Retirement and Caring for Their FamiliesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2018
Virginia’s Newly Elected Delegates Bring Women’s Issues to the ForefrontCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2018
Why the HHS Secretary Nomination Matters for Women and FamiliesCenter for American ProgressNovember 28, 2017
Ivanka Trump Should Stop Pretending the Tax Bill Will Help Women and FamiliesCenter for American ProgressNovember 27, 2017
Recent State Actions on Women’s Health You May Have MissedCenter for American ProgressNovember 21, 2017
Rhetoric vs. Reality: Why Access to Contraception Matters to WomenCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2017
Women Are Driving the ResistanceCenter for American ProgressOctober 27, 2017
Ivanka Trump’s Report Card on Women’s and Working Families’ IssuesCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2017
Recent State Wins for Working Families You Might Have MissedCenter for American ProgressJuly 14, 2017
5 Questions that the Trump Administration Needs to Answer on Parental LeaveCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2017
7 Policies that Women Who Work Need Right NowMediumMay 3, 2017
100 Days, 100 Ways the Trump Administration Is Harming Women and FamiliesCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2017
New Polling Shows that Small Businesses Strongly Support Paid Family and Medical LeaveCenter for American ProgressMarch 30, 2017
Asian American and Pacific Islander Women in the U.S. EconomyCenter for American ProgressJune 9, 2016