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Chanelle Hardy

Head of Civil Rights at Google

Chanelle Hardy is a social justice, tech policy and civil rights expert, working to ensure that corporate and public policies benefit BIPOC and vulnerable communities.  As Head of Civil Rights and Strategic Outreach for Google, she leads engagement with multicultural and civil rights organizations and develops the corporate civil rights program.  Over the past five years at Google, she has led signature initiatives including Google’s $1m donation, 3-D installation built by Google Engineers and celebration of Founding Director Lonnie Bunch of the National Museum of African American History and Culture; a $1m donation and initiative in support of the Morehouse School of Medicine for COVID response and pandemic preparedness; and launching and leading Google’s Next Gen Policy Leaders Program, a learning community for multicultural leaders in tech policy.  Prior to joining Google, Chanelle served as a Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, SVP of Policy for the National Urban League, and Chief of Staff to the first woman Chair of the Federal Communications Commission.  She is a former 5th grade DC Public Schools Teach for America teacher, and Consumers Union Policy Fellow, and she serves on the boards of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Anacostia Museum and Skinner Leadership Institute.. 

 Chanelle is an English and Music major and proud graduate of Howard University School of Law. She is the oldest of six children in a close-knit family, a lifelong Washingtonian and a member of Kingdom Fellowship AME. She is an alumna of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and the Skinner Leadership Institute’s Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders.