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Sujata Barai Chugh



Harvard Law School, J.D., 2003

London School of Economics and Political Science, MS, 1999

Princeton University, A.B., 1998




As a skilled transactional attorney, Sujata brings to each of her engagements a talent for high-level strategic thinking, nuts-and-bolts planning and effective coordination and leadership. Her myriad experiences in law, public policy and community affairs afford her valuable insights into issues of operations, decision-making, strategy and stakeholder engagement. She is known for her warm client relationships, command of deal dynamics and a practical approach. Sujata is more than an attorney to her clients. She is a trusted advisor.

Sujata serves private sector, public sector and nonprofit clients in various industries, including banking, finance and health care. She assists with risk management, internal operations, issues of corporate and nonprofit governance, public policy and municipal finance. Sujata’s experience includes representing domestic and international financial institutions, as well as local nonprofit and corporate entities.

As an attorney, she has worked in the areas of project finance, structured finance and municipal finance, as well as health care, infrastructure and general corporate affairs. As a consultant, she has advised state and local governments on matters ranging from health system transformation to the management of public utilities to services for immigrants and refugees. During her time in Kentucky, she led an initiative in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services of Governor Steve Beshear and, by appointment of the Mayor of Louisville, served on the managing board of a regional public utility. She has also assisted nonprofits with organizational issues, such as board formation, governance, government affairs, public policy priorities, and establishing community partnerships. Her past work has taken her from cities around the U.S. to projects in Russia, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Sujata is a passionate advocate for inspired leadership in the civic, cultural and religious life of a community. She currently serves on the Diversity Committee of The Orchard School, on the Executive Committee of Better Indiana, and as a Precinct Chairperson in Hamilton County. She was a founding board member of Women4Change Indiana and a member of the Women’s Fund OPTIONS19 Class. Sujata and her family are actively involved in the Hindu Temple of Central Indiana and the local Indian community at-large.

Sujata is a native Hoosier who hails from Northwest Indiana. She is fluent in Gujarati and speaks elementary Hindi and French. She loves to travel, read spy novels and explore big cities.

Memberships & Involvement

  • Membership: Asian Pacific American Bar Association - Indiana Chapter; Indiana India Business Council; Princeton Alumni Association of Indiana; Alliance Francaise  Indianapolis
  • Executive Committee Member: Better Indiana; Women4Change Indiana; Precinct Chairperson, Hamilton County
  •  Board Member: Hoosier Women Forward; Women's Fund of Central Indiana - OPTIONS 19 Class Member
  • Diversity Committee Member: The Orchard School 
  • Volunteer: Wheeler Mission; Hindu Temple of Central Indiana