List of 20 Indian-Americans nominated for key roles in Biden administration

Kamala Harris is also the first ever Indian-origin and African American to be sworn in as the vice president of the United States.

By | Edited by Susmita Pakrasi, New Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 12:11 PM IST

US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated at least 20 Indian Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his administration days before he takes over the top post. As many as 17 of them would be part of the White House complex.

Kamala Harris is also the first person of South Asia descent to be sworn in as the vice president of the United States.

It is for the first time ever that so many Indian-Americans have been roped into a presidential administration.

Here’s the list:

  1. Neera Tanden: She hasbeen nominated as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
  2. Dr Vivek Murthy: He has been nominated as the US Surgeon General.
  3. Vanita Gupta: She has been nominated as Associate Attorney General Department of Justice.
  4. Uzra Zeya: She has been nominated under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.
  5. Mala Adiga: She has been appointed as Policy Director to the future First Lady Dr Jill Biden.
  6. Garima Verma: She has been nominated asthe Digital Director of the Office of the First Lady.
  7. Sabrina Singh: Shehas been named as the First Lady’s Deputy Press Secretary.
  8. Aisha Shah: She has been named as Partnership Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy.
  9. Sameera Fazili: She would occupy the key position of Deputy Director at the US National Economic Council (NEC) in the White House.

10.Bharat Ramamurti: He has been nominated as theDeputy director of theWhite House National Economic Council.

11.Gautam Raghavan: He has been nominated as Deputy Director in Office of Presidential Personnel.

12.Vinay Reddy: He has been named as Director of Speech writing.

13.Vedant Patel: He has been nominated as Assistant Press Secretary to the President.

14.Sonia Aggarwal: Shehas been named Senior Advisor for Climate Policy and Innovation in the Office of the Domestic Climate Policy at the White House.

15.Vidur Sharma: He has been appointed as Policy Advisor for Testing for the White House Covid-19 Response Team.

Three Indian-Americans have made their way to the crucial National Security Council of the White House, thus leaving a permanent imprint on the country’s foreign policy and national security.

They are Tarun Chhabra–Senior Director for Technology and National Security, Sumona Guha, Senior Director for South Asia, Shanthi Kalathil: Coordinator for Democracy and Human Rights.

Two Indian Americans women have been appointed to the Office of the White House Counsel–Neha Gupta as Associate Counsel and Reema Shah as Deputy Associate Counsel.


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