Founder and CEO, Integrated Archive Systems
Amy Rao is the founder and CEO of Integrated Archive Systems (IAS), a company she founded in 1994 that is based in Palo Alto. Outside of IAS Rao spends time working on human rights issues predominantly through her responsibilities as a board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights and as a member of the International Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch. She also is a member of the executive committee for the Silicon Valley Human Rights Watch Committee and chairs both the San Francisco and Silicon Valley annual dinners. Locally Rao is the president of The 11th Hour Project, a granting arm of the Schmidt Family Foundation and she sits on the Board of the Schmidt Family Foundation. Rao is a co-chair of the advisory board for the Dalai Lama Fellows, based in The Presidio in San Francisco and she also sits on the newly formed New America Foundation California Advisory Council. Through her human rights board work she has traveled a number of times to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as other geographies that face grave human rights situations and this past year traveled twice to Lesbos, Greece as a volunteer to experience firsthand the traumatic and humiliating plight faced by refugees.
Rao works full time and lives with her husband, Harry Plant, in Palo Alto, California. Between them they have five children scattered around the country.