Indians make up almost 1.5% of the total population in the US but when it comes to US President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration, Indians seem to be at the forefront. Starting off with his running mate Kamala Harris we saw a host of Indian Americans being appointed to crucial roles.
Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease specialist who traces her roots to a village in Tamil Nadu was named to the coronavirus task force which has been co-chaired by also an Indian-American, surgeon general Vivek Murthy.
Apart from the Cabinet & Whitehouse, positions in Joe Biden’s Agency Review Teams or The ARTs are held by Indian-Americans. ARTs are responsible for understanding the operations of each agency, ensuring a smooth transfer of power. ARTs are preparing for President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris and their Cabinet to hit the ground running on day one.
Former Google Executive & Stanford graduate, Arun Majumdar is the team lead for the Department of Energy ART. A former state health officer for West Virginia Dr Rahul Gupta is leading the transition over the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Kiran Arjandas Ahuja, an American lawyer and activist who served as the Chief of Staff to the Director of the US Office of Personnel Management from 2015 to 2017 has been named Team Lead for Office of Personnel Management.
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs in 2014-15, Puneet Talwar has served as top Middle East advisor to President Barack Obama. He played a central role in the backchannel diplomacy that produced the Iran nuclear deal. He is focused on the Department of State.
Pavneet Singh who is a non-resident fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at Brookings Institution has been named to two ARTs, the National Security Council and Office of Science and Technology.
Arun Venkatraman who is a machine learning computer expert and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University has also been named to two ARTs, Department of Commerce and US Trade Representative Office.
And these are just some names from the long list of appointments.