More Indian Americans feature in key positions in Biden administration


(L-R) Sameera Fazili, Rohit Chopra (Image Source: Twitter/Sameera Fazili and Rohit Chopra)

US President-elect Joe Biden recently appointed Rohit Chopra as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Sameera Fazili as the Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.

On Monday, Joe Biden announced Indian American Rohit Chopra as the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Chopra who was named as the head of a federal agency will succeed Kathleen Laura Kraninger. CFPB is an agency of the US government that is responsible for consumer protection in the financial sector. 

Currently, Chopra is the Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission.  In 2018, he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as he pushed for remedies against lawbreaking companies and repeat offenders. Chopra has actively advocated for fair, competitive markets that secure families and honest businesses from abuses. Previously, he served as Assistant Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he led the agency’s efforts on student loans and also served as a Special Advisor at the US Department of Education. 

Another significant appointment is Sameera Fazili, appointed Deputy Director of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the White House. NEC coordinates the economic policy-making process and provides advice to the US president. Fazili is the second Kashmir-born  Indian American on the team. Aisha Shah was named Partnership Manager at the Digital Strategy unit of the White House in December. Fazili joins two other deputy directors announced by the transition last month, David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti.

Fazili currently works as an Advancement Specialist for the Smithsonian Institution. She was the Director for Engagement for the Community and Economic Development Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Shah was the Partnership Manager during the Biden-Harris campaign. She also served as a Senior Policy Adviser at the NEC during the Barack Obama administration. 

Biden on Monday also announced several other key administrative positions which include, Elizabeth Klein as Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Dr Jewel Bronaugh as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Andrea Palm as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, Polly Trottenberg as Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Cindy Marten as Deputy Secretary of Education, and Gary Gensler as Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Biden said: “Our administration will hit the ground running to deliver immediate, urgent relief to Americans; confront the overlapping crises of Covid-19, the historic economic downturn, systemic racism and inequality, and the climate crisis; and get this government working for the people it serves.” 

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