Joe Biden, who has been elected as the United States’ 46th President has chosen an Indian American, Mala Adiga, as the policy director for the soon-to-be First Lady Jill Biden. President-elect Biden will take the office on 20 January 2021.

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Who is Mala Adiga?

Adiga’s family hails from Illinois, and she graduated from Grinnell College, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and the University of Chicago Law School.

A lawyer by training, Mala Adiga extensively worked as a senior advisor to Jill Biden and as a senior policy advisor on the 2020 campaign. She became an integral part of the Biden-Kamala Harris campaign. Previously, Adiga was director for higher education and military families at the Biden Foundation, Independent reported. Biden also said that she was among the White House senior staff who could “help deliver the change America needs in these difficult times.”

During former President Barack Obama’s administration, Adiga was appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of state for Academic Programs at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She also worked as Chief of Staff in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and as senior advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large. She was director for human rights on the National Security Staff as well, according to a report by NDTV.

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In a statement, Joe Biden praised the “dedication” of additional team members and said with their will to serve America better, the nation will be united again.

“I’m proud to name additional members of our team who will help deliver the change America needs in these difficult times. Their dedication to overcoming the challenges facing our country today are rooted in their diverse backgrounds and experiences. They will serve the American people and help build back better, creating a more just, equitable, and united nation,” said President-elect Biden.

Meanwhile, Jill Biden, who has a PhD and is an English professor by profession, will continue her work after moving to the White House.

Feature Image Credit: NetIndian

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