Pramila Jaya­pal re­cruits for­mer In­dian-amer­i­can Obama aide

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Wash­ing­ton: A for­mer In­dian Amer­i­can White House of­fi­cial has been re­cruited by Con­gress­woman Pramila Jaya­pal as her Chief of Staff. Gau­tam Ragha­van used to be the White House li­ai­son to the LGBTQ com­mu­nity as well as the Asian Amer­i­can and Pa­cific Is­lan­der (AAPI) com­mu­nity dur­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s time.

He has also been the found­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of In­dian Amer­i­can Im­pact Pro­ject and Fund that sup­ports In­dian Amer­i­cans in pol­i­tics. He has also served as the White House Li­ai­son and Deputy White House Li­ai­son in the Depart­ment of De­fence. The move was an­nounced on Mon­day, the US me­dia re­ported. A first-gen­er­a­tion im­mi­grant, Ragha­van was born in In­dia, raised in Seat­tle area and grad­u­ated from Stan­ford Univer­sity.

Un­der Obama, Ragha­van also man­aged White House and in­ter-agency pol­icy work­ing groups and di­rected the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s roll out and im­ple­men­ta­tion of land­mark ac­com­plish­ments in­clud­ing the ex­ec­u­tive or­der pro­hibit­ing LGBTQ dis­crim­i­na­tion in fed­eral con­tract­ing and mar­riage equal­ity among other things.

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