Nanda Chitre joined the Institute of Politics as the Director of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in 2020. Nanda has more than twenty years of experience working in the executive branch of the U.S. government, in national public-policy and political campaigns, and as a consultant to foreign governments. She has also worked as a strategic advisor in the nonprofit sector, on film and television projects, and as a visiting university lecturer.
In both the Clinton and Obama administrations, Nanda was an on-the-record spokesperson. In the Obama administration, she served as the Acting Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice and as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State. At the White House, she was Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary to President Clinton. Previously, she was the Assistant Spokesperson for the State Department and the media coordinator for Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s overseas missions. Nanda also worked on the 1992 and 1996 Clinton-Gore campaigns and the Presidential Transition. In the nonprofit sector, she worked at the Center for American Progress, and she provided strategic communications planning advice to emerging democracies in Eastern Europe and Southern and East Africa through the National Democratic Institute. Nanda’s professional experience also includes work on the award-winning NBC series “The West Wing.” In the Boston area, Nanda worked at PBS station WGBH on Rx for Survival – A Global Health Challenge. Most recently, Nanda designed and taught government communications courses at Tufts University. She received her B.A. in international relations and history from Tufts University and a J.D. from American University in Washington, D.C.