Krish served in the Obama White House as Policy Director for First Lady Michelle Obama and at the State Department as Senior Advisor under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Krish has committed her career to public service because she knows how differently life could have turned out. Krish was 9-months old when she and her family escaped a country on the brink of civil war and built a life in Maryland. Her parents came to this country with no jobs and $200 in their pockets.
The Maryland where Krish grew up gave her parents opportunities to serve as public school teachers in Baltimore City. But Baltimore schools were more than an employer for Krish’s parents; they became part of the family as teachers and principals alike helped new immigrants navigate a new country and become part of a new community as neighbors. Her mother started teaching at Poly High School, while her father, who retired this past spring, taught for over 50 years, including 37 years in Baltimore City public high schools (including Edmondson, Frederick Douglass, Digital Harbor and Western).
Krish’s parents emphasized education her entire life and a product of public schools herself, Krish graduated from Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County and then attended Yale College, where she earned a Master’s degree in Political Science and a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, where she received an M.Phil. in International Relations, before returning to Yale Law School, where she served on the Yale Law Journal.
Krish’s interest in public service and grassroots politics began at an early age. In elementary school, Krish went knocking door to door with her mother in support of Senator Barbara Mikulski when she won her historic first race for the Senate. In college, Krish worked for another great public servant when she spent her summer back from college working for Senator Paul Sarbanes.
Krish recently finished serving as Policy Director for Michelle Obama and led the First Lady’s signature Let Girls Learn initiative. Before the White House, she served as Senior Advisor at the State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry. During the Obama Administration, Krish managed and led White House and State Department programs related to entrepreneurship, private sector investment, infrastructure, women’s issues, engagement with youth and religious communities, climate change, and budget development and execution.
Before joining the White House, Krish worked at McKinsey & Company, where she consulted for Fortune 100 companies, practiced law at Jenner & Block in Washington, DC, clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and taught at Georgetown University as an adjunct. An advocate of women and girls, Krish has spoken widely on this subject, including to young women at Western High School as well as at Hood College where she recently delivered the commencement address at Hood College, which was recognized by BuzzFeed as the #4 Most Inspiring Speech of 2017.
Krish and her husband, Collin O’Mara, got married on the Eastern Shore, along the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Her husband is a conservationist and sportsman who currently serves as CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. This past June, they welcomed a new baby girl, Alana.