US President-elect Joe Biden on Friday appointed an Indo-American, Mala Adiga, as political director to his wife Jill Biden, who will be the first lady.
Adiga served as Jill’s senior advisor and senior political advisor for the Biden-Kamala Harris campaign. Previously, Adiga was Director of Higher Education and Military Families at the Biden Foundation.
During the administration of former President Barack Obama, Adiga served as Assistant Under Secretary of State for Academic Programs in the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in the Office of Women’s Global Affairs and Secretary of State as as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Ambassador-at -Grand, in addition as Director of Human Rights in the National Security Staff.
Originally from Illinois, Adiga is a graduate of Grinnell College, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and University of Chicago School of Law.
A lawyer by training, Adiga was a federal clerk and worked for a Chicago law firm before joining former President Obama’s campaign in 2008.
She started in the Obama administration as an advisor to the Assistant Attorney General. Biden announced his appointment by announcing the names of four new members of his executive staff at the White House.
Cathy Russell, vice president of the Biden-Harris campaign, has been appointed director of the White House’s presidential staff office.
Louisa Terrell, who currently oversees legislative affairs for the Biden-Harris transition team, will be the director of the White House legislative affairs office in the Biden administration.
Carlos Elizondo, special assistant to the president and social secretary to the vice president and Dr. Jill Biden during the eight years of the Obama-Biden administration, has been appointed social secretary of the White House.
In a statement, Joe Biden praised the “dedication” of additional members of his team and said the new addition will serve the American people and help build back better, creating a more just, equitable and united nation.
“I am proud to name additional members of our team who will help bring about the change America needs in these difficult times. Their dedication to overcoming the challenges our country faces today is rooted in their backgrounds and experiences. and help build better, building a more just, equitable and united nation, ”said President-elect Biden.