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Reshma Saujani is the former Deputy Public Advocate of New York City and the founder of Girls Who Code.

As a public servant, Reshma harnessed the power of her office to promote civic engagement and government accountability. She spearheaded public projects aimed at spurring citywide job and economic growth, engaging immigrant communities, supporting small businesses, improving education, creating public empowerment, and using technology to vastly improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

In June 2012, Reshma founded Girls Who Code, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to educate, inspire and equip underserved girls ages 13-18 with the skills and resources necessary to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The organization launched with investments from Twitter, General Electric, eBay, and Google. Reshma is also the author of a new book on female leadership entitled Women Who Don't Wait in Line which will be released by Amazon Publishing in 2013.

In 2010, Reshma became the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress. She campaigned in New York’s 14th Congressional District as a passionate Democrat and community organizer.

As the daughter of refugees who fled the violence of Idi Amin's Uganda for the freedom of the United States, she has a personal interest in ensuring a political voice and economic opportunity for all Americans. Reshma earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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A New Vision for New York's Public Advocate

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 4:25 PM

Since the Office of the Public Advocate was created in 1993, skeptical taxpayers, elected officials and editorial writers have questioned its purpose and even doubted that it should continue to exist.

The three people who have occupied the office, Mark Green, Betsy Gotbaum and currently, Bill de Blasio, have all...

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Trapped in the Tech Gap

(124) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 9:27 PM

Editor's Note: This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.

It was one of the hottest days of July in 2010, and I was...

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Tribute to Mayor Koch: A Man Who Stood Up

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Inside the historic walls of Temple Emanu-el last week, New Yorkers remembered Mayor Koch as many things: a fighter, a politician, a man of candor and color, an amalgamation of the qualities that make this city great.

I will always remember Ed Koch as the man who saved my parents...

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The Participatory Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 5:56 PM

Over the past couple of years, I have tweeted and posted to Facebook about how the American economy is not working for the powerless, mainly young people: each day, the unemployment rate for young people creeps higher and higher (average is 18.4%, 45% for African American youth, and

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The American DREAM

(25) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 12:01 PM

No facet of our country's immigration debate is more heartless or economically foolish than our failure to support undocumented children who have grown up on American soil. These young people have gone to school alongside their native-born peers and in many cases have shown themselves to be outstanding scholars, athletes...

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Advocating for Young Americans

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 5:13 PM

Just over five years ago, a young college student in New York City started dreaming up a new social software application inspired by the chaotic cacophony of taxicab communications in the city. While many of his peers were at their school's career services office trying to find a job, he...

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A New Ethic of Leadership in Broken Washington

(6) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 1:31 PM

If your car breaks down and someone recommends a mechanic to repair it, the first question you're likely to ask is: Can I trust the mechanic? Today, our nation's economic engine has stalled, and it's unclear that we can trust those in Congress responsible for getting us on the road...

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My Views on Wall Street and Our Broken Political Process

(33) Comments | Posted July 9, 2010 | 8:46 AM

Yesterday, the Washington Post published a front-page story calling me an "Ivy-educated, Wall Street veteran" who is "embracing Wall Street" in a bid to unseat my opponent, 18-year incumbent Carolyn Maloney, in the Democratic primary. In an all too familiar media distortion that favors process over policy, this...

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Don't Just Reform Our Schools -- Transform Them

(11) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 8:44 AM

Last July, President Obama announced Race to the Top, an educational grant competition to provide critical funds to states that make concerted reform efforts, including provisions for performance-based teacher evaluations and expanding the cap on charter schools. What unfolded was a familiar political battle. Interest groups and union officials took...

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Empire State of Security

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 8:15 AM

Of the many security challenges facing the United States - a nuclear Iran, a resurgent Taliban, a more sophisticated ring of international cyber terrorists - what I find equally alarming is what I recently discovered in India's Southern state of Kerala. Attending a friend's wedding there last year, in a...

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform to Create Jobs and Secure our Future

(36) Comments | Posted April 21, 2010 | 8:18 AM

James Madison once wrote, "America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged immigration most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts."

It's no wonder that New York City became the economic epicenter of the United States, and...

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On Women's Rights, Democrats Should Stand Up, Not Back Down

(8) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 5:49 PM

It's hard to imagine what America would be like today without Democrats who, over the years, refused to surrender their core principles.

In times of political turmoil, when difficult decisions were required, Democrats stood their ground and fought hard for the Civil Rights Act, Social Security, Medicaid, Head Start,...

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Financial Reform From Soup to Nuts

(9) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 7:13 AM

In September 1930, 11 months after Black Tuesday, the Three Stooges released their first feature film, "Soup to Nuts." America badly needed some lighthearted clowning to get through the dark days of the Great Depression, and the Stooges provided it. Today, as we work to climb out of the Great...

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Generation Innovation: Creating Jobs and Growth in New York City

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 3:17 PM

E.B. White once wrote that New York is "by all odds the loftiest of cities. It even managed to reach the highest point in the sky at the lowest moment of the depression."

Those words are worth remembering today.

In its many incarnations over the past 400 years - from...

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