- A former top aide in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration, the Indian American is co-founder and chief executive officer of NanoGraf Corporation, a global manufacturer of advanced materials for the lithium-ion battery industry.
Samir Mayekar will be a “visiting scholar” at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the former top aide in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration announced yesterday on social media. “I look forward to offering contributions that help enhance the institution’s ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive and stable financial system where all have an opportunity to thrive,” the Indian American tweeted.
Co-founder and chief executive officer of NanoGraf Corporation, a global manufacturer of advanced materials for the lithium-ion battery industry, Mayekar has worked in executive capacities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
He served in the U.S. government during the Obama Administration, where he worked on the White House’s national security team and on the executive staff at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. In the private sector, he founded a technology company and also worked in investment banking at Credit Suisse and management consulting at Marakon Associates. He is involved in the Chicago nonprofit community, where he serves as president of the Northwestern Alumni Association, a trustee of Northwestern, and the chair of the Albany Park Theater Project.
He holds a BA from Northwestern University (summa cum laude) and an MBA with distinction from the Kellogg School of Management. He is a recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and the Marshall Memorial Fellowship.