Jeetander T. Dulani '98
Grinnell Major: Political Science and Religious Studies
Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Executive Committee
Before applying to Grinnell, Jeetander had been homeless, and while he was able to get off the street thanks to public assistance, he knew that he needed to go to college. A teacher recommended Grinnell, and he applied sight unseen.
Then the College did something unprecedented, it convinced the Department of Education that Jeetander's unique situation warranted treating him as an independent student, which allowed his financial aid application to be considered without parental information. “Grinnell’s decision saved my life,” Jeetander says. “Every other school that I considered followed Grinnell’s lead, and when it came time to make a decision, it was easy. How could I not choose a school that showed how much it believed in me? Grinnell bet on me – and I will always be grateful for that.”
At Grinnell, Jeetander worked in Quad (and only broke the dishwashing machine once), the Office of Financial Aid, and served as a student driver. He also served as a SGA Senator, chaired the Political Science SEPC, led the campus Amnesty International Chapter, and threw a lot of parties. Most importantly, he met his wife, Alicia Kinsey '00 at Grinnell.
After graduating from Grinnell, Jeetander briefly pursued a PhD in Political Science, before joining Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C. At Booz Allen, Jeetander developed and eventually led a strategy consulting practice that helped government, Commercial, and non-profit clients evaluate and develop operational plans through the use of predictive models and war gaming/simulation. He was awarded the Professional Excellence Award for leading a pro- bono project on HIV/AIDS in India that resulted in testing and treatment policy changes by the Indian government. Jeetander left consulting in 2004 to attend the University of Michigan Law school, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.
Jeetander is currently a Counsel with the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington D.C. He is responsible for representing start-ups, private equity funds, and leading companies in competition matters, government investigations and litigation, and has been recognized by Super Lawyers and Legal500 for his work. He also maintains an active civil rights pro-bono practice and recently convinced a Federal Appeals Court and the U.S. Supreme Court that his pro-bono client was wrongfully convicted of murder.
Jeetander received a B.A. with honors in Political Science and Religious Studies from Grinnell College, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and was one of 30 National Finalists for the 2014-2015 Class of the White House Fellows.
Updated October 2, 2015.