Meet the 20 Indian-Americans in the US Cabinet

Jan 19, 2021

By: Navdeep Yadav

​Neera Tanden, Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Will be the first woman of colour and South Asian American to hold this influential position at the White House.

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​Dr Vivek Murthy, the US Surgeon General

Having previously served in Obama’s cabinet, the 43-year-old Murthy will also lead Biden’s COVID task force.

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​Vanita Gupta, Associate Attorney General

Former prosecutor and civil rights activist played a crucial role in challenging Facebook, Google last year.

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Uzra Zeya nominated for key State Department position

The Indian-American diplomat has been nominated as Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

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​Mala Adiga, Policy Director for Jill Biden

Mala Adiga, Policy Director for Jill BidenAdiga has previously worked for the Biden Foundation as director for higher education and military families.

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​Garima Verma, Digital Director of the Office of the First Lady

Indian-Origin Verma served as audience development and content strategist on the Biden-Harris campaign.

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​Sabrina Singh, Deputy Press Secretary

Singh served as a Press Secretary to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on the Biden-Harris campaign.

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Two Kashmiri women, Sameera Fazili and Aisha Shah, bag senior position

Aisha will be Partnerships Manager at the office of Digital Strategy. Fazili appointed as deputy director of the NEC.

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Bharat Ramamurti

The Harvard graduate been appointed as Deputy Director of the NEC for financial reform and consumer protection

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Gautam Raghavan

Returns to the White House as Deputy Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel.

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​Vinay Reddy, Director Speechwriting

Reddy has served as chief speechwriter for Biden in the Obama-Biden cabinet’s second term.

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​Vedant Patel, Assistant Press Secretary

Will be the third-ever Indian American to be part of White House press shop.

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​Tarun Chhabra, crucial post in National Security Council

Appointed as Senior Director for Technology and National Security

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​Sumona Guha, Senior Director for South Asia

Indian-American Guha was co-chair of the South Asia foreign policy working group on the Biden-Harris campaign.

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​Shanthi Kalathil, Coordinator for Democracy and Human Rights

The former journalist has also served as a senior democracy fellow at the US Agency for International Development.

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Sonia Aggarwal, Senior advisor for climate policy and innovation

Sonia Aggarwal, Senior advisor for climate policy and innovationThe energy and climate expert has led America’s Power Plan, bringing together 200 experts at Energy Innovation.

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​Vidur Sharma, Policy Advisor for Testing

In the Obama-Biden admin, Sharma served as a health policy advisor on the Domestic Policy Council.

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Neha Gupta, Reema Shah

Neha Gupta has been appointed as Associate Counsel and Reema Shah as Deputy Associate Counsel in the White House Counsel.

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