Sushma Raman, MPA

Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Sushma Raman is the executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Raman has a rich and diverse background in philanthropy, human rights, and social justice through her work in the US and globally with the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundations, as well as her experience leading human rights programs, philanthropic collaboratives, and social justice foundations. Raman has served as a judge for the Robert F. Kennedy Center's international human rights award, a prestigious award given annually to a courageous leader working to end injustice and improve the human condition. She has also taught graduate public policy courses on global civil society, the state, and the non-governmental organization sector; inter-sectoral leadership; and nonprofit policy and management at the University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles. Raman graduated from the mid-career MPA program from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2013, where she was awarded the Lucius N. Littauer Fellowship in recognition of her academic achievements and leadership role within the HKS community.


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