Biden intends to appoint 2 American Indians to key administration positions

US President Joe Biden has announced plans to appoint two American Indians to key administration posts.

Vinay Singh has been appointed Chief Financial Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Kalpana Kotagal is the candidate for Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

A certified public accountant, Singh currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), helping agency teams achieve organizational efficiencies to better serve small businesses in our communities. He has 25 years of private sector leadership experience with a deep understanding of finance, analytics and strategy.

Singh had also served in the Obama-Biden administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary (US Field). He has played a key role in directing trade and investment policies and advocacy efforts aimed at improving market conditions for American businesses.

Prior to his role at SBA, Singh was a partner and chief operating officer for the infrastructure practice at KPMG in India. As a senior member of the leadership team, he led several organizational transformation projects, leveraging technology to improve profitability and decision-making, the White House said.

As a Senior Account Partner of the World Bank Group, he has supported global sustainability projects focused on solving urban and rural challenges in housing, water, energy, and economic development, a- he added.

The daughter of Indian immigrants, Kotagal is a partner at Cohen Milstein, a member of the firm’s Civil Rights and Employment practice group, and co-chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee.

She is a co-author of the founding legal model Inclusion Rider’.

Kotagal is also an expert in diversity, equity and inclusion, and represents disenfranchised individuals in employment and civil rights litigation involving issues related to Title VII, the equal pay, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. , the White House said.

Indian American Impact, the country’s leading Indian and South Asian civic organization, welcomed Kotagal’s appointment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Kotagal is an exceptionally talented litigator who has been a strong advocate for employment equity and civil rights, said Neil Makhija, executive director of Indian American Impact.

She broke barriers as one of the first South Asian women to become a plaintiff bar associate and was a leading voice in the national conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion. We are proud to lend our unconditional support to his nomination and look forward to celebrating his confirmation, Makhija said.

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