Two Indian American women Nominated into Obama Administration

Date:   Thursday , March 31, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated two Indian American women to key posts in his administration. Chicago based Deepa Gupta has been nominated as member of National Council on the Arts, while Nisha Desai Biswal has been named as member, Congressional-Executive Commission on the People's Republic of China.

Apart from these two, seven others have been nominated to key administration posts. I am grateful these accomplished men and women have agreed to join this Administration, and I'm confident they will serve ably in these important roles. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years, said Obama.

Gupta is a Program Officer for Media, Culture and Special Initiatives at the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, where she manages the Foundation's grant making in arts and culture in Chicago and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. She is also a board member of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and an advisory board member of the Cure JM Foundation.

Nisha Desai Biswal currently serves as Assistant Administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which she would continue to hold. In the past she has also worked with the American Red Cross both in their Washington headquarters and overseas as an international delegate in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.