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Arti Walker-Peddakotla

Leader, Veterans for American Ideals / Human Rights First
Chicago, IL

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Arti is an expert in immigrant and refugee rights, veterans issues, national security and diversity in STEM.


Arti Walker-Peddakolta is a Senior Product Manager at a non-profit tech company, a former Microbiologist, and a US Army veteran. Outside of her work in tech, Arti advocates for the empowerment of women and underrepresented groups in STEM and is a co-organizer of Ela Conf, a conference for adult women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people in tech that empowers them to become leaders in tech.

Arti is a leader with Veterans for American Ideals (VFAI), a nonpartisan project of Human Rights First, and a Defense Council member of Truman National Security Project.


  • National Security/Law
  • US Politics
  • Immigration
  • Hate Crimes and Violence

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National Security, US Politics, Immigration, Women's Issues, Military