Deepti co-leads New_ Public with Eli Pariser and Talia Stroud. New_ Public is a product studio for healthy digital public spaces: spaces where people can connect one another, build understanding across differences, and work towards shared goals AND are built to maximize plurality, equity and cohesion not financial returns. With the decline of participation in PTAs, neighborhood groups, local newspapers and the increasing time we are all spending online, we believe that these digital public spaces, if built right (in deep proximity with community members and with public incentive structures), are the new building blocks of our democratic society and are partnering with community leaders, designers and engineers to build them.

Previously Deepti was a Director at Facebook (now, Meta) where she focused on community building, cohesion, and incubation: she set up FB’s New Product Experimentation team; created the Community Partnerships team to build products (namely, Groups), programs, and partnerships that support community leaders to take their communities to the next level, and led across Asia.

Prior to Facebook, she has been working in the fields of social change, community organizing and leadership development for over 14 years of experience across the private, non – profit and public sectors. She founded Haiyya, India’s largest community organizing platform; Escuela Nueva India, an education company that serves the urban poor and the Fellows Program at Acumen Fund to build leaders for the social enterprise sector. She started her career as a management consultant and has helped found an executive coaching and leadership development firm.

Deepti is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and the Wharton Business School and holds a bachelors degree in Psychology. She is a TED Fellow, an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and Ideas Scholar, and her work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Business Week, Wall Street Journal, India Today, and in a PBS documentary, The New Recruits.

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