Parag V. Mehta is a Senior Vice President at Mastercard, where he leads the company’s efforts to advance sustainable and equitable economic growth around the world as Executive Director of the company's Center for Inclusive Growth.
Parag has spent the past 20 years working to advance justice, inclusion and human rights through political activism, public service and now philanthropy. He played several leadership roles in President Obama’s administration including as liaison to the AAPI and LGBTQ communities and as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Surgeon General.
Parag is the Board Chair of New American Leaders, a national nonprofit organization that works to strengthen American democracy by electing first and second generation immigrants and refugees to public office.
Parag is a second generation Indian American from Central Texas and a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He lives in White Plains, New York, with his husband Vaibhav Jain. The two are plaintiffs in a landmark court case before the Delhi High Court which seeks to legalize same-sex marriage for 1.2 billion people in India.