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Parag Mehta is Executive Director of the Center for Inclusive Growth, the philanthropic hub of Mastercard. He leads a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring fair and lasting economic growth around the world and who work to leverage the competencies and assets of Mastercard to achieve the same. He also serves as Board Chair of New American Leaders, a U.S. nonprofit which works to strengthen democracy by electing first and second generation immigrants and refugees to public office.
For nearly two decades, Parag has been a leader in creating positive social impact and advancing human dignity. From shaping evidence-based public policies to organizing large-scale social change movements, he has worked with diverse groups of stakeholders to advance the common good.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Parag served as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Surgeon General. He also spent more than four years directing communications for a civil rights agency in the U.S. Department of Labor and served on Barack Obama’s presidential transition team. Parag has been a member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service and held a number of leadership positions in advocacy organizations and political campaigns. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University and a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.
Parag lives in White Plains, New York, with his husband Vaibhav Jain. The two are currently plaintiffs in a petition before the Delhi High Court which seeks to legalize same-sex marriage in India, the world's largest democracy. If successful, their case would double the global population of individuals living in a place where marriage equality is the law of the land.