About Events Virtual Batten Hour: Policymaking during Pandemics: The Need for Cross-Sector Leadership Virtual Batten Hour: Policymaking during Pandemics: The Need for Cross-Sector Leadership March 30, 2020 12:00 PM Online via Zoom Join While, sadly, there will be no Mellow Mushroom or Take-it-Away for participants, we hope you will bring your own pizza or sandwiches for this virtual lunch-and-learn. Joining us is Rachana "Ruchi" Bhowmik, former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama. Bhowmik, who currently serves as EY’s Global Vice Chair of Public Policy, will share with you practical lessons learned from her leadership positions across sectors, including her work within the Obama administration on the national response to the H1N1 pandemic. Ruchi Bhowmik Ruchi Bhowmik is Global Vice Chair - Public Policy at EY and has responsibility for the firm’s public policy operations in more than 150 countries. As Global Vice Chair, Ruchi focuses on shaping the firm’s strategic direction and position on public policy and leads a team which engages with a broad range of stakeholders around the world, contributes to policy debates and provides insights and perspectives on issues across audit, tax, corporate reporting and corporate governance and increasingly digital innovation, data privacy, cybersecurity and the future of work. She previously served as the Senior Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Affairs for PepsiCo where she led the company’s efforts to protect and promote its product portfolio and innovation initiatives. Between 2013 and 2017, she was at EY, serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives in the Office of the Global Chairman. In this role, she worked closely with then-EY Global Chairman and CEO Mark Weinberger in developing global policy initiatives and positions. She spearheaded EY’s involvement with the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism to develop the Embankment Project for Inclusive Capitalism. Prior to entering the private sector, Ruchi served in multiple senior-level roles in the United States government, including serving as President Barack Obama’s Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Special Assistant to the President for Policy in the Office of the Chief of Staff. During her time at the White House, she was a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls and led White House policy proposals and public-private partnerships for a broad range of issues including innovation, manufacturing, and workforce development. She previously served as the Legislative Director and Counsel for then-Senator Obama and Judiciary and Education Counsel for Senator Ron Wyden - advising on issues like intelligence and national security, privacy, civil liberties, and cybersecurity. As a litigator, early in her career, she focused on international trade and gun violence prevention, including working with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Legal Action Project. Ruchi is on the board of the DC Public Library Foundation. She previously served on the boards of the World Policy Institute and the Women’s Hi-Tech Coalition. She was honored by the South Asian American Bar Association as the Legal Professional of the Year in 2012. She holds a B.A. in History from Yale University and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia. Ruchi lives in Washington DC with her husband and two daughters.