Shilpa Phadke

Former Deputy Director, White House Gender Policy Council

Washington, DC



  • White House Gender Policy Council (Biden Administration)
  • Center for American Progress
  • White House (Obama Administration)


  • Women’s economic security
  • Reproductive rights and access
  • Paid leave, child care, and the care economy


  • Harvard University, M.P.P.
  • Boston College, B.A.

Recent Coverage

MAR 23, 2021

Blog: COVID-⁠19 has exacerbated the economic inequality and caregiving crisis facing women of color. Here’s how the American Rescue Plan helps.

“Our country’s caregiving crisis has compounded the effects of the economic downturn; women have borne the brunt of increased caregiving demands, contending with closed schools and child care centers and caring for sick family members. And these challenges have been particularly acute for essential workers and low-wage workers. The impact is striking; over 2 million women have dropped out of the labor force since February 2020.”


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About Shilpa

Shilpa Phadke is the former Deputy Director of the Gender Policy Council in the Biden White House, where she led domestic policy efforts on gender equity, including family economic security and women’s employment. Phadke was a Co-Chair of the Women and Families Policy Committee during the Biden-Harris campaign. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, she was Vice President for the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress, where she led policy development and analysis, as well as advocacy and outreach, with a goal of ensuring that women are at the center of the progressive policy agenda.

Phadke served in the Obama-Biden Administration from 2009- 2015 where she held several positions including Special Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs. Previously, she worked on President Obama’s campaign and transition team. Phadke holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s from Boston College. She is an adjunct professor at American University where she teaches a course on women, policy and politics. Phadke lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and two children.