Sarita James is currently working on her first book, Family of Equations, a collection of personal essays. She writes about growing up as a geeky immigrant and winning the 1994 International Science and Engineering Fair in high school. Later essays cover working as a White House Fellow through the Bush-Obama transition and being a female tech CEO. She is represented by Jin Auh of The Wylie Agency.
Sarita is the CEO of Embark, a leading college admissions software company. She holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Harvard College, and an MBA from Oxford University. Sarita began her career in product development at Microsoft Corporation, where she was awarded two patents. She has worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and served within federal and local government. In 2008, she was awarded one of fourteen White House Fellowships and, under the Obama administration, was appointed Acting Branch Chief of the Small Business Administration’s domestic Microloan program.
Sarita has written freelance articles about growing up Indian in Indiana for The New York Times. After winning the 1994 International Science and Engineering Fair, she contributed a chapter to the book Girls and Young Women Inventing. She previously served on the board of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.
Sarita lives in New York with her husband and their three children.
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Entrepreneurs Aren't Made Overnight: Sitting Down with Sarita James
Forbes profile. "Sarita James is the CEO of Embark, an admissions software company whose new College Cents service has already helped thousands of US students claim government aid and pay for college."
Renaissance Woman: Sarita James '98 Harvard Profile
Profile by Harvard University. "Sarita James '98 has been a business executive, government official, and most recently, entrepreneur and writer. And she credits her Harvard education for helping her navigate all of these worlds."