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Indian- American Mala Adiga Appointed as Policy Director

Devanshi Doshi

Joe Biden, who will become the President of the United States on January, 2021, appointed Indian-American Mala Adiga as his wife Jill Biden’s Policy Director on November 20, Friday. Previously, Mala Adiga was also Jill’s senior adviser.

Mala Adiga, who will serve as the Policy Director to the first lady Jill Biden, actively campaigned for Joe Biden and the US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as senior policy advisor. She also served as the director of Higher Education and Military Families at the Biden Foundation.

During the tenure of Barack Obama, she started as a counsel to the associate attorney general. During the same tenure, she also served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for Academic Programs at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Along with Adiga’s appointment as Policy Director, Joe Biden welcomed three more new members to his team. The members included:- Cathy Russell, Vice-Chair of the Biden-Harris campaign, as the director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel; Louisa Terrell, who currently oversees legislative affairs for the Biden-Harris transition team, as the director of the White House Office of Legislative Affairs in Biden administration, Carlos Elizondo, a Special Assistant to the President and Social Secretary to Vice-President and Dr Jill Biden for all eight years of the Obama-Biden administration, as the White House Social Secretary.

Besides Kamala Harris and Mala Adiga, other Indian- Americans like Arun Majumdar, Dr Vivek Murthy and Kiran Ahuja have also been appointed in top positions in the Biden-Harris transition teams. He has also named more than 20 Indian-Americans as members, including three as team leads, to his agency review teams (ARTs) that are responsible for evaluating the operations of the key federal agencies in the current administration to ensure smooth transfer of power.

More about Adiga

Adiga is a graduate of Grinnell College, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and the University of Chicago Law School. A lawyer by training, Adiga worked as a clerk for a federal and worked for a Chicago law firm as well before joining the campaign of former President Obama in 2008.

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