Nalini P. Kotamraju, Ph.D. is a sociologist who has spent the past 25 years in academic and corporate settings, researching people’s use of technology in their professional and personal lives. She is currently Senior Vice President, Research & Insights for Salesforce, leading a cross-functional team driving product insights. She previously led research teams at Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and assorted, long defunct dot.com companies.
Born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, Nalini grew up in the economically and ethnically diverse Uptown neighborhood of Chicago and attended Academy of the Sacred Heart for Girls. Nalini earned her B.A. cum laude in Social Studies and her B.A. cum laude in Women’s Studies from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Nalini’s interest in technology solidified when she worked in the organizing NGO office for the historic 1995 United Nations Conference on Women in Beijing and witnessed firsthand the Internet’s global influence. After completing her Ph.D., Nalini held positions of Associate Professor at IT University of Copenhagen in Denmark and University of Twente in the Netherlands, focusing on digital technologies, design practice, and research methods.
In addition to the Hamlin Board of Trustees, Nalini also co-chaired Hamlin’s Task Force on Financial Assistance and Economic Equity, and she serves on the Board of the People’s Music School of Chicago and as an Expert Review for the MacArthur Foundation’s Lever for Change. Nalini lives in Oakland, California with her daughter, Anya (Class of 2025).