Amit Jani gets key Homeland Security job

Washington, DC: Indian American Amit Jani, former national Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, has become acting White House liaison at the Department of Homeland Security, according to a Politico West Wing Playbook report.

Jani, who has worked with several lawmakers including New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Senator Bob Menendez, was director of the chief information officer action group at the Pentagon before taking the Homeland Security post.

Jani left the New Jersey Department of Transportation, where he was legislative liaison, in 2019 to join the Biden campaign as AAPI national director, according to New Jersey Globe.

The onetime Jersey City resident worked as an account executive at Vision Media Marketing, a political consulting firm. He started out as a youth organizer and served as an aide to Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. and as a member of the Hudson County Schools of Technology Board of Education.

In 2017, he became the director of AAPI Outreach for Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign. He held the same post on US Senator Bob Menendez’s re-election campaign in 2018.

Jani was the president and co-founder of the New Jersey Leadership Program, which exposes South Asian high school students to government and politics at the state and local level.

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