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SaMee Harden

2021-2022 White House Fellow, Office of the Director

SaMee Harden is the 2021-2022 White House Fellow placed at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in the Office of the Director.  In this capacity, she focuses on gender policy matters, as well as diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives for the federal workforce.

SaMee previously served as an attorney working as a Privacy and Data Policy Manager at Facebook. She led a team that coordinated legal, policy, and technological responses to protect Facebook user data from bad actors and collaborated with cross-functional partners to investigate data policy violations. Prior to Facebook, SaMee was a federal criminal prosecutor, managing a robust docket, which included narcotics, public corruption, white-collar, and firearms offenses. She specialized in prosecuting child exploitation crimes. SaMee received several SPOT Awards for “making a significant contribution” during her work as a federal prosecutor.

Previously, SaMee was a Senior Associate focusing on white-collar investigations at the law firm of WilmerHale. She also served as a judicial law clerk on both the federal trial and appellate courts. SaMee is a founding member of the James M. Nabrit Clerkship Scholarship, which encourages diverse law school students to apply to judicial clerkships and the Northwestern Law Social Justice Impact Alumni Award. She is a Fulbright and Boren Scholar and Department of Justice Honors Selectee.

SaMee received a J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, an M.A. from American University, and a B.A. from the University of Louisville; she is currently pursuing an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

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