President Biden Nominated Indian-Americans to Administrative Roles
President Joe Biden announced his intent this past week to nominate two Indian Americans to key administrative positions.
FREMONT, CA: According to the Tribune India, Vinay Singh is a nominee for Chief Financial Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development. At the same time, Kalpana Kotagal is a nominee for Commissioner, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. According to Business Standard, Singh, a qualified public accountant, is currently a senior advisor to the US Small Business Administration administrator. He assists the agency's teams in improving and benefiting small companies in the communities. Singh has also worked as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Obama-Biden administration. According to the Tribune India, he also has 25 years of private-sector leadership experience and extensive knowledge in finance, analytics, and strategy. According to the White House, as a senior member of the executive team, Singh managed multiple organizational transformation projects employing technology to improve decision-making and profitability. According to the New Indian Express, he also funded worldwide sustainability programs to address urban and rural difficulties in housing, water, energy, and economic growth.
Kotagal is a partner at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm's Civil Rights and Employment practice department. She is the daughter of Indian immigrants. According to the Business Standard, she is also a co-chair of the firm's Hiring and Diversity Committee. According to the White House, she is also a diversity, equality, and inclusion expert. According to the New Indian Express, Kotagal represents disenfranchised people in employment and civil rights disputes concerning Title VII, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family, and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. One of the nation's top civic Indian American and South Asian organizations, Indian American Impact, applauded Kotagal's appointment to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The Executive Director of Indian American Impact remarked that Kotagal was an incredibly brilliant attorney who has been a relentless advocate for workplace justice and civil rights. She had been a significant voice in the national discourse on diversity, equity, and inclusion as one of the first South Asian women to become a law partner in the plaintiffs' bar.