Varsha Sarveshwar

Job title: 
Class of 2020
2020 Percy Undergraduate Grant
National Advisory Council

Varsha Sarveshwar is a Rhodes Scholar studying public policy at the University of Oxford. Previously, she worked as an assistant deputy cabinet sceretary in the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom. Her first year in the Governor’s Office was supported by UC Berkeley’s John Gardner Public Service Fellowship. Varsha graduated from UC Berkeley in 2020 with a B.A. in political science. She received the 2020 Political Science Departmental Citation, the Travers Scholarship in Ethics and Politics, and the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service. She was also a recipient of IGS’s Charles H. Percy Undergraduate Grant for Public Affairs Research in 2020. During her senior year, she was president of the UC Student Association.

Research interests: 

Thesis: Leaders or Caretakers: Examining the Impacts of Ideological Diversity on California’s Legislative Leaders

Major(s): Political Science

Minor(s): History, Public Policy