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Dharmishta RoodProgram Director, Fellows Program in Public Affairs

As Program Director of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, Dharmishta oversees selection, leadership development curriculum, and placements. She brings a range of experience to her role, from fellowships in academia to leading a startup accelerator for companies that work with the government to facilitating a global community of 360,000 people across 159 countries. 

Dharmishta holds an Ed.M. from Harvard University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA with a BA in Design | Media Arts.

What inspires you to work in leadership development?

I personally see leadership as a way to be of service to the world. Teaching others (and learning from them as well) is one of the ways that I can give back and be of service to others.

What’s your favorite book about leadership?

As a leader, learning to manage your own mind is an essential quality. My favorite “leadership book” won’t show up in the leadership section of the bookstore — it’s The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. This book describes relatable and easy techniques to “manage” one’s own mind. Learning this can help leaders everywhere to become more effective.

Where are we most likely to find you when you’re not at work?

I’m likely to be volunteering somewhere in the Bay Area, doing creative projects in a number of different modalities (from cooking, to sewing, to creative writing, to photography) — or hosting social events.