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Preeta is an independent corporate director, investor, nonprofit leader, philanthropist, and lecturer at MIT. A constitutional lawyer by background, Preeta served for more than 25 years in some of the most senior posts in the governmental and corporate sectors. Her prior roles include serving as a General Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the Obama White House, Solicitor General of the State of New York, partner and practice chair at Skadden Arps (a law firm in New York City), global general counsel in London for one of the world’s largest banks, a US diplomat and Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and law clerk to US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She has advised on the drafting of the constitutions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and was a committee chair of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships focusing on poverty and inequality in America. After a long career scaling the heights of institutional power, she has spent the last decade more deeply plumbing depths of being and consciousness. A dedicated meditator and practitioner of yoga and qigong, she has been a full-time volunteer anchor for the past decade for ServiceSpace. Preeta also returned to her own roots of grass and soil in the American heartland, experimenting with new community-based approaches powered by inside-out transformation. She is Chair of Civic Nebraska, one of the largest democracy-building organization in the heartland; global chair of the United Religions Initiative, the largest grassroots interfaith peacebuilding organization; and is on numerous local and global nonprofit, foundation, and university boards.