Parita Shah has spent much of her professional career developing, implementing, and managing communications strategies and messaging campaigns for political organizations and government institutions, as well as corporate clients and non-profit organizations. She has worked on three presidential campaigns, served two presidential administrations as well as the mayor of Los Angeles, and held a senior position at a non-profit organization and a leading global public affairs firm.
Until early 2017, Shah served in the Obama administration. She was on the leadership team at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a foreign assistance agency created by President George W. Bush. At MCC, Shah served as the Chief of Staff and lead adviser to the agency’s Chief Executive Officer, providing guidance and leadership on corporate strategy, operations and public affairs matters. Prior to that, she was the Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Shah got her start in politics as a member of President Bill Clinton’s national advance team. In that role, she traveled the world to arrange Presidential visits with the specific task of enhancing media coverage of the president and his policies.
In the private sector, Shah was vice president of corporate communications and issues management at APCO Worldwide, a global public affairs consulting firm, where she specialized in international business issues, reputation management for corporations and non-profits, and overall public relations strategy development.
Ms. Shah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Southern California and a Master of Public Administration degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.