Sadia Sindhu

Executive Director, Center for Effective Government


Sadia Sindhu is the Executive Director of the Center for Effective Government (CEG), a research center housed at the Harris School of Public Policy dedicated to strengthening democratic institutions and improving the capacity of government to solve public problems. She has served in a variety of strategic roles in the public and private sectors, most recently as director of the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy, prior to its integration with CEG.

Sadia is a Fellow in the second class of the Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She currently serves on the Research Advisory Council for the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that strives for a more effective federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and transforming the way government works. Sadia is an inaugural member of the Vote is Sacred Thought Leaders Organizing Committee, a national, multi-year, nonpartisan civic engagement initiative led by Interfaith America. She is an advisor to Keseb, a nonpartisan, pro-democracy nonprofit organization. Sadia serves on the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Advisory Board.

Sadia has previously held roles at Rothschild Global Advisory and Human Capital Research Corporation. Sadia served on the board of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a national American Muslim advocacy organization dedicated to improving public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging government, media, and communities. She received an MS in higher education policy from Northwestern University and a BSFS in international politics from Georgetown University.