Shilpa Phadke

Senior Director of the Women’s Initiative
Center for American Progress
Shilpa Phadke

Shilpa Phadke is the senior director of the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress. Her work focuses on a wide range of women’s issues, including work-family balance, pay equity, and women’s leadership.

Prior to joining the Center for American Progress, Phadke served in the 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 advisor 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 advisor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Prior to her work in the Obama administration, Phadke served as a policy advisor 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.