Biden appoints Indian-born lawyer and certified public accountant to key administrative positions
US President Joe Biden has announced plans to appoint Indian-born civil rights lawyer Kalpana Kotagal and accountant Vinay Singh to key administration posts. Kotagal is the nominee for commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission while Singh has been named chief financial officer of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the White House announced on Friday.
Kotagal, who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, 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 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 nation’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.
Serving small businesses
Singh, CPA, is currently a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the U.S. 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 the SBA, Singh was a partner and COO 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. Last month, President Biden named two American Indians as American envoys.
He appointed diplomat Puneet Talwar as the country’s ambassador to Morocco and political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal as his envoy to the Netherlands. In March, Biden also announced that Indian-American public health expert Dr. Ashish Jha would take over as Covid-19 response coordinator.
April 02, 2022