Priyanka Chaturvedi (born 19 November 1979) is the National Spokesperson of the Indian National Congress. She has also been a columnist for Tehelka, Daily News and Analysis and Firstpost. As a trustee of two NGOs, she works to promote children's education, women's empowerment and health. She also runs a book review blog which is amongst the top ten weblogs on books in India.
Chaturvedi was born 19 November 1979 and raised in Mumbai. Her family comes from Uttar Pradesh. She attended St. Joseph's High School, Juhu in 1995, graduating in Commerce from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Vile Parle in 1999. She is married and has two children. She is an avid reader and blogger.
Chaturvedi started her career as Director of MPower Consultants, a Media, PR and event management company. She is Trustee of Prayas Charitable Trust which runs two schools to provide education to over 200 under-privileged children. She joined Congress in 2010, becoming General Secretary of the Indian Youth Congress from North-West Mumbai in 2012. In 2010, she was selected as a participant in ISB's 10,000 Women Entrepreneurs Certificate programme, a global initiative supported by the Goldman Sachs Foundation for women entrepreneurs.
Chaturvedi has a significant presence in social media and is known for defending the policies of the ruling Congress party on Twitter. Because of this, in May 2013 Chaturvedi was elected as Spokesperson of AICC.
As a spokesperson of the Congress Party, Chaturvedi often takes part in political debates on TV News Channels. She is also member of the 'Communication Department' headed by Randeep Surjewala and takes part in political debates on Social Media. She is vociferous critic of the Bhartiya Janta Party and its leader Narendra Modi.
In 2015, as a member of a delegation of young political leaders chosen by the UK High Commission and Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK, she visited London to study and understand their democracy. She also participated in "Asian Forum on Global Governance" programme jointly organized by Observer Research Foundation and Zeit Stiftung in the same year.
She was named amongst the top 10 upcoming Indian women politicians in 2016.