Priti Rao, a native of Rochester, New York, is executive director of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) and an advocate for women’s political parity at all levels of government.
Rao’s rise from intern to executive director of the MWPC epitomizes the goals of the multipartisan, nonprofit organization: maximizing the participation of women in the political process, mentoring future political leaders, and increasing the number of women appointed and elected to public office and public policy positions.
Rao brings to the MWPC an extensive experience in political campaigns, having helped elect Niki Tsongas, the first woman elected to Congress in Massachusetts in over 25 years, as well as Ayanna Pressley, the first woman of color ever elected to the Boston City Council, and Suzanne Bump, the first female auditor in Massachusetts history. Rao led the MWPC in helping increase the number of women in the Massachusetts legislature, electing five women during the 2008 election cycle and five more in 2010.
In June 2010, Rao was named one of the Bay State’s Top 100 Political Influencers by Campaigns and Elections magazine, and in December 2011 she was profiled by the Women in Public Service Project.
Rao currently serves as a commissioner for the Massachusetts Asian American Commission. A cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke, she majored in politics and Spanish.