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Indivar Dutta-Gupta

New Board Member, Truman Scholar, and Inequality Expert

Indivar Dutta-Gupta is a new Board Member of the Academy.  Dutta-Gupta is currently Co-Executive Director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, where he leads work to develop and advance ideas for reducing poverty and economic inequality, with particular attention to gender and racial equity. He is also a member of the Poverty, Employment and Self-Sufficiency Network, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an international member of the Canadian Ministerial Advisory Committee on Poverty.

Dutta-Gupta is a Harry S. Truman Scholar who graduated with honors from the University of Chicago.  Afterwards, he served as the Professional Staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee.  He eventually worked as the Senior Policy Advisor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  Both of these roles centered on social insurance programs, tax policies, and the safety net for Americans provided through government agencies.  Dutta-Gupta also worked for the DC Hunger Solutions organization and the Center for American Progress as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow.  Prior to his current position at Georgetown University, he served as the Project Director at Freedman Consulting, LLC; he led strategic initiatives for various workers’ organizations, children’s groups, and major philanthropies.

Indivar Dutta-Gupta has been an Academy Member since 2012.  He was one of Washington Life magazine’s most Influential 40-And-Under-Leaders (2013) and Rising Stars 40 And Under (2016).  He was also named a First Focus Campaign for Children Champion for Children.

Indi was born in India, grew up outside of Atlanta, and lives in Washington, DC with his wife Shally Venugopal, 4-year-old son Sathvik Rias Dutta-Gupta, and 11-month old daughter Saraswati Daya Dutta-Gupta.

“Indi isn’t just talented, driven, and scary-smart; he’s hands down one of the most effective advocates for economic justice in Washington,” said Rebecca Vallas, fellow Academy Member and Managing Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. “Indivar’s deep-seated passion for protecting and expanding social insurance is clear to anyone who has ever heard him speak—and makes him a tremendous asset to the Academy and to its board."