Avi Gupta

Avi Gupta is pursuing a JD at Yale Law School. He is interested in public interest law, civil rights law, and technology law and policy. He attended Stanford University, where he received a BA in Political Science (Phi Beta Kappa), M.S. in Computer Science, and was named a 2022 Truman Scholar. 

At Stanford, Avi served as a Constitutional Councilor, President of the Stanford ACLU, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of Stanford Undergraduate Law Review. In 2022, he won Stanford’s Emerging Technology Policy Writing Competition for research on policies to promote job growth in the era of AI. Before law school, he completed a legislative internship in the D.C. office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon), a public policy internship at Meta’s Oversight Board, and AI engineering internships at Facebook, IBM Research, and Intel. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he co-founded the non-profit LifeMech and led user interface development for a low-cost ventilator that received FDA authorization during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer of 2023, he will help to develop standards for responsible federal AI deployment through an internship at the White House Office of Management and Budget.  

Avi plans to leverage his legal education to drive social change. He is committed to pursuing a path in public service at the intersection of technology, policy, and law. He believes that effectively harnessing and regulating technology is among the defining challenges of 21st-century government, and aspires to contribute to pragmatic technology policies that foster an equitable and innovative society.  

Avi grew up in Portland, OR with his parents and grandmother, who instilled in him a passion for serving others that has deeply influenced his journey towards a career in public service. He loves playing and watching basketball, traveling, trying new foods, playing chess, and spending time outside. A trivia lover, he competed in and won the 2019 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. He donated part of his winnings to create and fund the #InspiredBy campaign in honor of Alex Trebek for early detection of pancreatic cancer, raising over $225,000.