Of the total 20 India-origin people nominated to key-posts in the impending US Administration, 13 are women

Reflecting clearly about America’s growing trust in hard working Indian diaspora’s capability and talent, US President-elect Joe Biden has named 20 Indian-Americans to key posts for his administration. The list of 20 India-Americans to serve in key posts includes a high of 17 who have been nominated at the White-House, ahead of the January 20 swearing-in of Joe Biden as the 46 President of US.

With a change of guard taking place this Wednesday at the White House, Kamala Harris will become the first woman to become the Vice-President of the US. She is also the first ever Indian-origin African American to be sworn-in. It will also be the first time that so many Indian- Americans would be part of the US President’s administration.

Biden in his virtual address to Indian community members living in the US on Indian Independence Day on August 15, last year, had said if elected as the US President, he would rely on Indian- American diaspora.

Of the total 20 India-Americans named to key posts in President Biden’s administration, 13 or more than half are women. To name some of the top India- Americans to be part of Biden’s government, Neera Tanden has been nominated as Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget and Vivek Murthy as the Surgeon General of America.

The list of India-Americans holding top posts continues to name Vani Gupta as Associate Attorney General Department of Justice and a former Foreign Service official Uzra Zeya as the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights.

Mala Adiga has been appointed as Policy Director to First Lady Dr Jill Biden and Garima Verma would be the Digital Director of the Office of the First Lady, while Sabrina Singh has been named as her Deputy Press Secretary.

This is for the first time that an Indian- American who traces her roots to Kashmir will be in the White House, Aisha Shah has been named as Partnership Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy.

Sameera Fazili would occupy the key position of Deputy Director at the US National Economic Council (NEC) in the White House.

White House National Economic Council also has another Indian American, Bharat Ramamurti, as Deputy Director. Gautam Raghavan, who served at the White House in the previous Obama Administration returns to the White House as Deputy Director in Office of Presidential Personnel.