Anurima Bhargava served as the Chief of the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2010-2016, where she led federal enforcement of civil rights laws in schools and institutions of higher education. After leaving the Justice Department, Ms. Bhargava was selected as an inaugural Leadership in Government Fellow at the Open Society Foundations, where her work is focused on addressing the trauma that children experience after incidents of violence. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Ms. Bhargava was counsel and Director of the Education Practice at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Ms. Bhargava earned her law degree from Columbia Law School and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, and is a graduate of Kenwood Academy.