Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Head of Policy and Strategy, The Emes Project; Former Associate Editor, The Washington Post

Rajiv Chandrasekaran is the head of policy and strategy for the emes project llc, which works closely with the Schultz Family Foundation to incubate and support innovative initiatives to create greater opportunities, accessible to all.


Rajiv was a senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post, where he worked for two decades. During his newspaper career, he reported from more than three dozen countries and was bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia. He also served as the Post’s national editor and as an assistant managing editor.


In 2014, he and Howard Schultz wrote the bestselling book “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice.” He joined Starbucks in 2015 as senior vice president for public affairs and executive producer of the company’s social impact media initiatives. 


He is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of Stanford University.