Anjali Kumar is an author, attorney, advisor, speaker, and “idea acupuncturist”.
Anjali recently co-founded The Justice Dept, a women-led firm focusing on legal counsel and business strategy development for female entrepreneurs, executives, talent, and brands in technology, consumer product, entertainment and fashion. Prior to that, she was the Founding Chief People Officer and General Counsel at Cheddar, and the Founding Head of Social Innovation and Founding General Counsel at Warby Parker. Anjali was Founding General Counsel at Acumen and Senior Counsel at Google. While at Google, Anjali curated and hosted the @Google Speaker Series on campus in NYC bringing Googlers from around the globe face-to-face with today’s most prominent and innovative thought leaders including Anthony Bourdain, Questlove, and Jacques Pépin and hosted a YouTube interview series “Lunchtime at Google.”
Anjali has taught for several years as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University. She has served as an advisor to prominent technology companies, luxury fashion brands, consumer products, and non-profit organizations including Malala Fund and IDEO.org.
In November 2017 she spoke at TEDWomen. Her “beautiful inspiring, and funny” talk “My Failed Mission To Find God - And What I Found Instead”, based on her book Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In (Hachette 2018), has been watched by over 3 million people around the world and translated into over twenty languages.
Anjali earned her BA in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University and a JD from Boston University School of Law. In 2016, she was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to join the NYC Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board and GrowNYC. She currently serves on the board of directors of Happy Money, Women's World Banking, GloScience Professional, Amplifier, Edible Schoolyard NYC, and American Documentary (AmDoc). Anjali also serves on the Guggenheim Museum’s Global Innovation Council.
Anjali lives in New York City and upstate New York with her husband and daughter.