Aparna Mukherjee is a civic innovator with more than 25 years of experience, spanning the private, public, and philanthropic sectors with roots in news. She’s held editorial, strategy, and product leadership roles at the world’s biggest media outlets: Associated Press, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. At The New York Times, Aparna ran the paper’s online education “startup,” highlighting the relationship between news and democracy building with partners Annenberg and Kauffman. As a FUSE Corp Executive Fellow embedded in City Hall, Aparna worked to design the strategy for LA's Office of Civic Engagement, and she served as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence for LA2050, the Goldhirsh Foundation's annual $1 million grants challenge to elevate and fund ideas to make Greater LA a better place to live, learn, create, play, and connect. As the firm’s first social media editor, Aparna developed McKinsey’s editorial voice on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. She also served as interim director of digital for Columbia University's Alumni Association (CAA) and the head of industry and programming for the Paley Center for Media, the former Museum of Television & Radio. An alumna of Bryn Mawr College, Aparna received a dual MA Journalism and MBA from Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and lectures executive MBA students on digital strategy. She is currently a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, working to raise community voice in public comments, using participatory budgeting and deliberative polling approaches and machine learning to better represent New American and BIPOC communities.