Reshma Saujani, 37, and a quintet of journalists are tucked inside the green room at swanky Village cabaret, (Le) Poisson Rouge. Every so often a staffer or groomed coif of the NYC tech glitterati will poke around the door, but Ms. Saujani has staked out five minutes--not easy after stepping offstage with Jack Dorsey, the inventor of Twitter.
Reshma Saudani and Jack Dorsey at her Manhattan campaign launch.
"I'm a man of few characters, so I'm going to keep this very, very brief," Dorsey told the packed crowd earlier at Saujani's Manhattan campaign launch for public advocate Monday night. "We need more strong women leaders in this country. We need more revolutionaries. That is Reshma."
The daughter of Indian refugees who fled the regime of Idi Amin in Uganda, Saujani earned advanced degrees at Harvard and Yale, then moved to New York City with $200,000 in student loan debt. She interned at the White House during the Clinton administration, went on to work for Hillary's campaign, litigated for Wall Street, paid off those loans, and sent money home. She ran for Congress in 2009 (the first South Asian woman to do so) in New York's 14th district, and was then appointed to the position of Deputy Public Advocate. There, she created the DREAM fellowship to give undocumented immigrant students a shot at higher education.
She's not afraid of the F-word, either.
"Would you consider yourself a feminist?"
"Absolutely," Saujani tells the Voice backstage, with zero hesitation.More »