Chief People Officer & General Counsel, Cheddar,
and Former Google Executive
Anjali Kumar is a Brooklyn born, first generation Indian American author, attorney, advisor, speaker, and “idea acupuncturist”. She is currently the Chief People Officer and General Counsel at Cheddar, Inc., a post cable network led by Jon Steinberg (the former president of Buzzfeed and CEO of Daily Mail US.) Anjali was formerly the Head of Social Innovation and Founding General Counsel at Warby Parker, a transformative lifestyle brand offering designer eyewear at affordable prices while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. Prior to joining Warby Parker, Anjali was Senior Counsel at Google where she was a commercial and product attorney on areas ranging from Google X to YouTube. Anjali curated and hosted the @Google Speaker Series on campus in New York City bringing Googlers from around the globe face-to-face with today’s most prominent and innovative thought leaders including; Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson, Garance Doré, Questlove, and Jacques Pépin. From this speaker series, Anjali hosted a YouTube interview series “Lunchtime at Google”.
Anjali is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Fordham University. She serves as an advisor to prominent technology companies, luxury fashion brands, consumer products, and non-profit organizations including Malala Fund, IDEO.org, and organize.org.
Anjali’s lectures often deal with questions around innovation: why is innovation not the answer? how can you live in the questions you can’t answer? how can social impact programs improve your business? As an “idea acupuncturist”, Anjali brings a spiritual approach to the business world. She doesn’t give black or white answers to businesses or problems, she looks at a set of issues and works on pressure points using different interventions to help keep the energy flowing in an idea or business. Anjali has been featured as a Keynote Speaker at major events such as TEDWomen, TEDX, Seattle Interactive Conference, and The Connecticut Forum and has participated in fireside chats with Danny Meyer (Union Square Hospitality Group), Ezra Klein (Washington Post), and Neil Blumenthal (Co-CEO/Founder of Warby Parker). Anjali’s work in social innovation has been featured in Inc., Forbes, and the New York Times.
Anjali’s first book, Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search for Something to Believe In, humorously chronicles her attempts to answer questions she can’t Google an answer to for her six year old daughter.
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. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of GloScience Professional, Amplifier Foundation, Edible Schoolyard NY, and GrowNYC. Anjali also serves on the Guggenheim museum’s Global Innovation Group.
Anjali lives in New York City and Hudson, NY with her husband, Atul, and daughter, Zia.
Anjali Kumar releases her first book Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In January 16th, 2018 via publisher Hachette.