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Anjali Kumar is a Brooklyn born, first generation Indian American author, attorney, advisor, speaker, and “idea acupuncturist”.
She is the co-founder of The Justice Dept. an advisory and legal firm which works with entrepreneurs, executives, talent, brands and creatives in all stages of their careers and businesses, focusing on female founders in the areas of tech, consumer product, media, entertainment and fashion.
Prior to co-founding The Justice Dept., Anjali was the Founding Chief People Officer and Founding General Counsel at Cheddar, a news network startup based in Manhattan. Prior thereto, Anjali was the Founding Head of Social Innovation and Founding General Counsel at Warby Parker. In addition, Anjali was Founding General Counsel at Acumen and Senior Counsel at Google where she was a commercial and product attorney on areas ranging from Google X to YouTube.
Anjali released her first book Stalking God; My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In January 2018 (Hachette) which has been featured in Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, ELLE India, and Harper’s Bazaar India. In November 2017, she spoke at TEDWomen. Her “beautiful inspiring, and funny” talk “My Failed Mission To Find God – And What I Found Instead” has been watched by over 2.8 million people around the world and translated into over 18 languages.
Anjali has taught for several years as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University tackling questions around gender equality, innovation & diversity which has led to speaking engagements at TEDWomen, TEDX, and DVF’s International Women’s Day Speaker Series and features in Inc., Forbes and the NY Times. In 2016, she was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to join the NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board and GrowNYC. She currently serves on the board of directors of Happy Money, GloScience Professional, Amplifier, Edible Schoolyard NYC, and American Documentary (AmDoc). Anjali also serves on the Guggenheim Museum’s Global Innovation Council and has served as an advisor to prominent technology companies, luxury fashion brands, consumer products, and non-profit organizations including the Malala Fund and IDEO.org. Anjali lives in New York City with her husband, Atul, and her daughter, Zia.