The Biden administration has appointed an Indo-American climate and energy expert, who spent three years deploying solar energy solutions in rural India, to a key position in the agriculture department.
Bidisha Bhattacharyya was appointed Monday as senior policy adviser in the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
She previously served as Director of Climate and Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress.
Prior to joining American Progress, Ms. Bhattacharyya was Vice President of Emerging Markets at impact investment firm Village Capital, where she led a global team in India, Mexico and East Africa to invest in startups in strong impact innovators to solve problems in energy deployment and financial inclusion.
Previously, she spent three years deploying solar energy solutions in rural India with tech startup Simpa Networks, where she led the end-to-end deployment of a new line of off-grid solar products.
Ms Bhattacharyya spent four years on Capitol Hill as a Senior Energy and Agricultural Policy Advisor to Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and as Energy and Agriculture Legislative Assistant to Congresswoman Betty McCollum of the Minnesota.
She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. She holds a BA in Economics from St Olaf College.