Indian-American lawyer Kiran Ahuja has been nominated by President Joe Biden on Thursday to be the next Office of Personnel Management. Ahuja is a lawyer and rights activist, if confirmed, will head a federal agency that caters to more than two million civil servants in America.
Once confirmed by the Senate, 49-year-old Ahuja will become the first Indian-American to serve this top position in the US government. Currently, Ahuja works as Chief Executive Officer of Philanthropy Northwest, a regional network of philanthropic institutions.
Ahuja has also served Biden as a member of his Presidential transition team last year. She has previously served as the Chief of Staff to Director of the US Office of Personnel Management from 2015 to 2017. She brings with her two decades of public service and nonprofit/philanthropic sector leadership experience. Here are 10 things you wanted to know about Kiran Ahuja
— Gautam Raghavan (@gauragDC) February 23, 2021
Ahuja started her career as a civil rights lawyer at the US Department of Justice. Her job was to handle litigating school desegregation cases, and filing the department’s first student racial harassment case. She was appointed the founding executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and served the advocacy and membership organisation from 2003 to 2008.
— Kiran Ahuja (@KiranAhujaAAPI) October 15, 2015
This Obama administration veteran has also spent six years as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
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