Anurima Bhargava is the Director of Anthem of Us, a strategic advisory and consulting firm that centers dignity, justice, and belonging in workplaces, schools, and communities. From 2010-2016, Bhargava led federal civil rights enforcement and policy in schools and higher education institutions at the U.S. Department of Justice. She directed the Education Practice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, litigating cases on diversity and segregation in the federal appellate and U.S. Supreme Courts. From 2018-2022, she chaired and served on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which monitors religious persecution and violence abroad. From 2016-2018, she was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard and at Open Society Foundations. She also advances dignity and justice through narrative and storytelling. She chairs the U.S. Board of Doc Society, and is executive producer and adviser to documentary films and projects, including the Oscar-nominated Writing With Fire; Barefoot Empress; and The Vow. She is a board member of Big Thought and the National Women’s Law Center Action Fund, and co-chairs the Nat’l Advisory Board on Public Service at Harvard. She is an advisor to GSV Ventures, Unbound and the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. She advises many political campaigns and was on the 2020 DNC Platform Cmte.She graduated from Columbia Law School, Harvard College, and Kenwood Academy. She was raised on the south side of Chicago.