Joe Biden is set to be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20. Earlier this week, the US Electoral College certified Democrat Biden’s victory over Republican Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential elections.
Apart from Kamala Harris, who will be the first woman to be sworn in as Vice President of the United States, the Biden-Harris administration will have several American citizens of Indian origin in key positions.
Neera Tanden (50 has been appointed OMB (Office of Management and Budget secretary in the Biden-Harris administration. Born to immigrant parents in Bedford, Massachusetts, Tanden has held various key positions within the Democratic party.
Indian-American surgeon Dr Vivek Murthy has been appointed co-chair of the Biden-Harris Covid-19 task force of which Dr Celine Gounder and Dr Atul Gawande will also be a part. While Murthy’s family hails from Karnataka, Gounder can trace her roots to a village in Tamil Nadu.
Apart from the Biden-Harris coronavirus task force, Americans of Indian origin have also been appointed to key positions in other departments.
Dr Arun Majumdar, a former Google executive will be leading the Department of Energy ART while Dr Rahul Gupta is overlooking the transition of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Similarly, Kiran Ahuja has been appointed to the Office of Personnel Managament, Mala Adiga as police director for First Lady Dr Jill Biden and Pavneet Singh to the National Security Council.
Seema Nanda will be a part of the US Department of Labour under the Biden-Harris administration and Puneet Talwar will be a part of the US Department of State.
Dr Bhavya Lal will be on the ART for NASA.
Arun Venkataraman has been named to two ARTs, namely the US Trade Representative Office and the US Department of Commerce. MD at Hills & Company, Atman Trivedi has also been appointed to the US Department of Commerce.
Others American citizens of Indian-origin who have found a place for themselves in the Biden-Harris administration include Shital Shah (US Department of Education, Pravina Raghavan, Raj De (US Department of Justice, R Ramesh (US Department of Energy, Rama Zakaria (US Department of Energy, Reena Aggarwal (Federal Reserve Bank, Dilpreet Sidhu (National Security Council, Kumar Chandran (US Department of Agriculture, Aneesh Paul Chopra (US Postal Service, and Divya Kumaraiah (OMB.