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Azita Raji MBA ’91
In October of 2014, Ms. Raji was nominated by President Obama to serve as the United States Ambassador to Sweden, subject to Senate confirmation. Ms. Raji is a recognized business strategist and former senior Wall Street investment banker with international experience, who currently brings her expertise in finance and economics to numerous leadership roles in the non-profit sector by serving as an active trustee, co-founder, and advisor on national boards and appointed commissions, including The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Barnard College, Columbia Business School’s Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Economic Advisory Council of the Center for American Progress, National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and National Partnership for Women and Families. During the 2012 Obama campaign, Ms. Raji served as National Finance Vice Chair and Chair of the Swing State Victory Fund. Raji holds a B.A. in architecture and French from Barnard College and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School. She is a designated Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee. Ms. Raji was born in Tehran, Iran. She has lived, studied, and worked in Iran, Europe and Asia, and is fluent in several languages. Ms. Raji currently resides in Northern California with her family.
Social Venture Innovators
Founder and CEO
Lending money to entrepreneurs whose endeavors are too large to receive microfinance loans but too small and risky to receive funding from traditional banks.
Founder and CEO
Hiring unemployed residents of financially underserved communities to install solar and energy-efficient technology for small businesses, nonprofits, and affordable housing.
Leveraging crowdfunding technology to reduce preventable maternal and neonatal deaths and disability.
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