Biden names 2 more Indian-Americans to key administration positions

President Joe Biden has appointed two more Indian-Americans in key administrative positions, according to the latest list announced by the White House on Friday.

Chiraag Bains has been appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Criminal Justice and Pronita Gupta has been named Special Assistant to the President for Labor and Workers.

The announcement for appointing Bains and Gupta was part of more than 20 appointments of additional policy staff who will serve with the White House Covid Response Team, Domestic Climate Policy Office, Domestic Policy Council and National Economic Council.

“These qualified, impressive, and dedicated individuals reflect the diversity and strength of America and will play critical roles advancing the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to tackling the crises we face and building back our country better,” the White House said.

The Biden administration has so far appointed more than 55 Indian-Americans to key administrative position.

Born in Ottawa to Indian parents, Bains became a naturalized citizen in 2000. His mother currently resides in Massachusetts.

He graduated from Yale College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School.

Gupta, who has been appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Labor and Workers, till most recently was the director of job quality for the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

Prior to joining CLASP, she served as the deputy director of the Women’s Bureau in the US Department of Labor under President Barack Obama. Gupta holds an MPA from Columbia University and a BA in Government from Clark University.

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