For 25 years as an executive and board member in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Garg has applied his willingness to challenge conventional thinking, deep commitment to value-based leadership, and belief in creating new enterprises and transforming mature organizations.
In late 2020, Garg joined DNS Capital, the family office for Gigi Pritzker, Michael Pucker, and their immediate family to establish the DNS Phunhouse, an investment vehicle focused on seed-stage investment opportunities.
Immediately prior to DNS, he spent five years at Uptake, an industrial AI software company, launching and growing Uptake’s Energy division. With a valuation now over $2 billion, Uptake has been recognized both by the World Economic Forum and Bloomberg New Energy Finance as a technology pioneer and was named the No. 3 most promising AI company by Fortune.
In addition to his early-stage experience, he spent 13 years at Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, leading various departments and divisions during periods of inflection. Garg began his career at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, where he conducted research on social capital, as well youth and neighborhood development programs, in innercity neighborhoods. He later served as an assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, leading the conceptualization and creation of World Business Chicago, the city’s public-private economic development organization.
In addition, Garg has served as the president or chair of nonprofits founded by social entrepreneurs, including the Chicago Children’s Theatre, the Interfaith Youth Core, the Invisible Institute, and Project&. He has also published numerous editorials in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Crain’s Chicago Business on topics varying from diversity, equity, and inclusion to civic leadership.
For his leadership, Garg was appointed a White House Fellow by President Bill Clinton, where he served as a senior aide to the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and was selected as an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow. He currently co-teaches a course on High Performance Leadership Chicago Booth, where he is also an executive in residence of civic impact and co-leads a seminar called the Intersection of Business, Society, and Self.
Garg earned a MBA and a BA at the University of Chicago and a MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.