Kashmiri-origin woman appointed to National Economic Council

Washington, DCKashmiri-origin Sameera Fazili’s parents wanted her to be a physician, but she was not quite in agreement.

Fazili’s plans fructified on Friday when the Biden-Harris Transition named her as the deputy director of the National Economic Council at the White House. The council coordinates the economic policy-making process and provides advice to the US president.

Fazili is the second Kashmiri-origin Indian-American appointed to a key position in the incoming Biden administration. Her appointment has sparked off jubilations in her extended family in Srinagar.

“We are very proud. Everybody in Kashmir should be proud as it is a proud moment for the whole Kashmir,” her uncle Rouf Fazili told PTI. “It is a great honor and respect for every one of us and a great occasion.”

“She was not born here and her parents left the Valley in 1970-71, but she has a strong affinity with Kashmir,” Rouf Fazili said. “The last time she visited the valley was in 2007.”

Currently the economic agency lead on the Biden-Harris Transition, she was earlier posted at Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

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