Shamina Singh

Shamina Singh

President, Center for Inclusive Growth & Executive Vice President of Sustainability


Mastercard

New York, NY USA


There’s no such thing as being stuck. Being stuck is just a frame of mind.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Born and raised in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia—her parents were immigrants from India who instilled in her the value of democracy and participation in politics.
Attended Old Dominion University, where she earned her bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in women’s studies.
After graduating, she began working in political activism including Doug Wilder’s campaign to become the governor of Virginia and the first elected African-American governor in the U.S.
In 1993, she moved to Austin, TX to pursue working for Ann Richards’ reelection campaign for governor.
Attended The University of Texas at Austin where she received her master’s degree in public policy—was taught by Barbara Jordan, civil rights leader, and the first female African-American senator.
She has held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and even served as Senior Advisor to then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Transitioned into corporate social impact by working for Citibank and Nike—she is now the President of Mastercard’s Center for Inclusive Growth & the Executive Vice President of Sustainability.
Since 2015, she has been serving a six year term on the Board of Directors for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
Old Dominion University
graduate
Graduate
Public Policy Analysis, General
The University of Texas at Austin
certification
Certification/License
Development Economics and International Development
The Indian School of Business
certification
Certification/License
International/Global Studies
Yale University
certification
Certification/License
Global Leadership and Public Policy
Harvard University
Career

Career

President, Center for Inclusive Growth & Executive Vice President of Sustainability

I build partnerships and programs that positively impact people and the planet.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Politics
Politics
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

In these roles, I am responsible for advancing equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. My daily work involves making sure that people who are not connected to the formal economy, get connected and become economically secure.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Working for political campaigns taught me a lot of skills I've carried into other areas of my career including marketing, public relations, advocacy, how to work with people, etc. Learn how to think critically and be able to analyze things. Have resilience and be willing to adapt.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Getting involved in politics, model UN, etc. have been very instrumental in my career. Even if you don't plan on working in politics, the skills you can gain by volunteering and doing community involvement will benefit you no matter what you do. The other thing that is important is to intern in the field you are interested in.

Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Oh my god, are they going to find out that I don't know what I'm doing?"

Imposter syndrome is a real challenge. I've experienced a lot of moments where I doubted my abilities and didn't think I would succeed. It's really important to have friends you can talk to and get advice from. You can't be everything you need all of the time, so find people to support you and build a network of people that make up for where you lack.

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

I was born in the U.S., but my parents are from India. They are still very confused about what my career is because it's out of the norm for them. It was challenging breaking out of that norm and pursuing my interests.

Gender & Racial Discrimination
Gender & Racial Discrimination

As the daughter of immigrants, there have been several obstacles related to this. At the same time, there is an immigrant mentality of resilience that I grew up with and that allowed me to carry on.

LGBT
LGBT

As a gay woman, I don't think this has necessarily worked against me since it is just who I am. It's been more outside forces that make it an issue. I try to be open and unencumbered.