Amy Rao is the founder and CEO of Integrated Archive Systems (IAS), a Palo Alto based company she founded in 1994. Outside of IAS she spends time working on human rights issues, predominantly through her responsibilities as vice chair of the international board of Human Rights Watch and as a board member of the Fund for Global Human Rights. She is also a member of the executive committee for the Silicon Valley Human Rights Watch Council.
Locally, Rao is the president of The 11th Hour Project, a granting arm of the Schmidt Family Foundation (SFF), and a board member of SFF. Rao is a co-chair of the advisory board for the Dalai Lama Fellows, and also sits on the advisory council of New America Foundation California.
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 including multiple trips to Greece and to Sicily as a volunteer to experience firsthand the traumatic and humiliating plight faced by refugees. She also is very active in Democratic politics at both the state and federal levels.
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.