Kumar Garg, Schmidt Futures
Kumar Garg is the managing director and head of partnerships at Schmidt Futures, where he helps the organization’s programs find leverage and assists with the operation of itsTechnology and Society portfolio. He previously helped shape science and technology policy for the Obama administration for nearly eight years, serving in a variety of roles in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). He led the Obama administration’s efforts to bolster STEM education, including the Educate to Innovate campaign, with more than $1 billion in in-kind and philanthropic investment; development of major State of the Union initiatives to train 100,000 excellent STEM teachers and bring computer science to all K-12 students; and creation of iconic events such as the White House Science Fair. Working with the OSTP deputy director, he supervised a team of 20 staff with portfolios including broad innovation policy, advanced manufacturing, behavioral sciences, biotechnology, broadband, digital media, entrepreneurship, the maker movement, space, nanotechnology and prizes. As a senior leader at OSTP, Garg was involved in policy development, implementation and communication of a wide range of science and technology issues. Prior to his time in government, he worked on behalf of parents and children seeking educational reform as an education lawyer and advocate. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Yale Law School.