Prashanthi Rao Raman
As an established attorney and public policy executive, Prashanthi Raman has nearly 15 years of experience navigating challenging, highly charged, and complex political environments. Honing her skills in both the public and private sector, Prashanthi has earned the reputation of building trust quickly and utilizing her political astuteness to shape the compliance, policies, and legislative affairs for multiple organizations, particularly in industries that are traditionally broken for the average person.
Prashanthi currently serves as the head of global government affairs for Cruise, an all-electric autonomous vehicle company, where she oversees global public policies and regulatory issues. Prior to her role at Cruise, Prashanthi was the head of state and local government relations at Lyft, a transportation network company. For over five years, she was a critical voice in negotiation and in creating and expanding and removing operational barriers to the ridesharing industry across North America.
Healthcare has and remains a passion of Prashanthi’s. She started her career as a healthcare attorney, which ultimately led to her appointment as associate chief of staff for healthcare and human services by then governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn. Throughout that time, Prashanthi worked with a diverse set of decision-makers to advance the governor’s agenda, negotiate multiple legislative bills and led major policy initiatives, which included medical marijuana, Medicaid expansion, and ridesharing.
As reflected by industries like healthcare and transportation, giving back has always been a guiding force in Prashanthi’s life. Post Katrina, she spent two years providing legal aid and revitalization efforts in New Orleans. She currently serves on the boards of both PowHerful, a foundation dedicated to sending young women to and through college with wraparound services, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a foundation focused on community, health, housing, and transportation public policies.
Prashanthi earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is still an active alumna. She holds a joint Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Health degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.
Prashanthi Rao Raman, Esq., MPH
Director of Government Affairs
San Francisco, California