Chetna Kumar grew up in Chandigarh, a small but vibrant city in North India. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. Upon graduating, she was one of 45 young Indians awarded the LAMP Fellowship to work with a member of Parliament towards making legislative processes in India better informed, transparent, and participatory. Subsequently, she served as the Legislative Director to the floor leader of a national political party in the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. She also consulted on the re-election campaign of the Chief Minister of the State of West Bengal in 2016. Later that year, she was selected to represent India at the Legislative Fellows Program funded by the U.S. Department of State. She completed her Fellowship at the Ohio State Legislature where she did comparative work on legislative processes, political funding and electoral reform. At Yale, she will focus on gender mainstreaming and institution building in South Asia. She is also interested in exploring intersections of behavioral sciences, public policy, and technology.