Sohini Chatterjee serves as a Presidential Appointee at the US Department of State as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Ambassador to the United Nations.  Previously, she served as Legal Advisor to Independent International Legal Advocates and as a Senior (Non-resident) Associate at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.  She also served as an appointee and Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration where she led multiple White House and Department of State initiatives and directives on global development. Her work was focused on governance, conflict, the rule of law and strengthening civil society. Prior to that, she worked for the World Bank’s Development Economics Prospects Group on long-term scenario planning. Early in her career, she was an attorney in the International Group at Steptoe & Johnson LLP where she worked on the first ever international trade case before the U.S. Supreme Court. She also served as a pro bono attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Washington, D.C. for many years, serving as lead counsel in numerous trials. She has consulted on international human rights and rule of law issues for Humanity United, the U.S. Department of State, Chemonics International, the Asia Foundation, and the World Bank. Ms. Chatterjee holds a law degree from Duke University, a master’s degree in international relations and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University, and a B.A. from Columbia University.