Biden administration appoints Indian American Bidisha Bhattacharyya to key position in US Agriculture Dept


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Bidisha Bhattacharyya worked for three years to deploy solar energy solutions in rural India.

The Biden administration appointed Indian American climate and energy expert Bidisha Bhattacharyya as Senior Policy Advisor in the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Earlier Bhattacharyya served as the Director of Climate and Energy Policy at the Centre for American Progress. Before that, she was the Vice President of Emerging Markets at the impact-investment firm Village Capital. In her role, she headed a global team across India, Mexico, and East Africa to invest in high-impact startups innovating to solve issues across clean energy deployment and financial inclusion.

Bhattacharyya has also worked with a technology startup Simpa Networks for three years to deploy solar energy solutions in rural India. She guided the end-to-end rollout of a new off-grid solar product line.  She served on Capitol Hill for four years as the Senior Energy and Agriculture Policy Adviser to Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and as Energy and Agriculture Legislative Assistant for Congressman Betty McCollum of Minnesota.

Bhattacharya completed her master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University and did her bachelor’s degree in economics from St Olaf College.

FSA is the US Department of Agriculture that implements agricultural policy, administers credit and loan programs, and manages conservation, commodity, disaster and farm marketing programs .

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