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Sandesh Kataria - Impact Public Service Fund


Impact is built and driven by leaders who feel a responsibility and duty to improve our civic life and discourse. They come from various backgrounds with differing views and perspectives but all share the common bond that objective analysis, open minds, and hard work are the key ingredients to progress.

Sandesh Kataria

Sandesh is a Manager on TikTok’s Strategy team, where he is focused on building and scaling TikTok’s advertising business. Prior to TikTok Sandesh was a Business Operations Manager at Facebook, where he worked on monetization and product strategy for Facebook’s new revenue initiatives. Prior to Facebook, Sandesh worked at Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting firm, where he conducted financial and economic analysis to advise companies (tech, consumer retail, and financial institutions) in high-stakes commercial litigation matters. Outside of work, you can find Sandesh playing basketball and tennis, and volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club in East Palo Alto. Sandesh graduated in 2014 with a degree in Applied Math and Economics from Harvard.

What causes are you most passionate about?

I am most passionate about the education and media spaces because they heavily impact how people learn and consume information. I believe many challenges we face today such as the rise of anti-vaccination or extreme political polarization exist because people are misinformed and/or unable to think critically.

Through Impact, I hope to work on improving the education system, teaching people to rely on facts and evidence when making judgements, making news fair and informative, and encouraging civilized discussion and debate.

What do you think some of the most pressing problems we face are?

Poverty (including food insecurity and homelessness), climate change, ineffective politicians

An impact event/article I recommend is

The article packet we put together on the Future of Work. Technology and automation will drastically change the workforce and the tasks employees do.