Two Indian-American Nominated for the White House Senate
The White House sent two high-profile nominations of Indian-Americans to the U.S. Senate on April 5, 2022
FREMONT, CA: President Biden has nominated Kalpana Kotagal of Ohio to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for a term ending July 1, 2027, succeeding Janet Dhillon, who is stepping down. He nominated Vinay Vijay Singh of Pennsylvania to succeed Irving Dennis as Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to the profile on the corporate website, Kotagal is a Partner at Cohen Milstein, a member of the firm's Civil Rights & Employment practice division, and Chair of the firm's Hiring and Diversity Committee.
Kotagal is a co-author of the "Inclusion Rider," as Oscar winner Frances McDormand mentioned in her acceptance speech for Best Actress in 2018. Since then, it has been embraced by industry giants such as the Recording Academy, which stated that the Inclusion Rider would be used to prepare the 2022 GRAMMY Awards, and JAMS, which included an Inclusion Rider option to its JAMS Domestic and International Clause Workbooks. Cohen Milstein remarks that the Indian-American lawyer is well-regarded employment and civil rights plaintiffs’ litigator. She defends women and other marginalized individuals in employment and civil rights class actions, frequently involving cutting-edge topics such as Title VII, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family Medical Leave Act, and wage and hour concerns. She's been involved in several high-profile cases.
Since 2021, Vinay Vijay Singh has served as Senior Advisor to the Administrator at the US Small Business Administration. Singh worked as the COO of KPMG India and spent time there. During the Obama-Biden administration, he served as the US Department of Commerce's Deputy Assistant Secretary for Global Markets. Singh was the executive director of the Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series and the International Trade Administration's Smart City Task Force. Singh oversaw the domestic operations of the US Commercial Service, which had offices in more than 90 locations at the Department of Commerce. Singh also worked as a senior executive at Price Waterhouse Coopers. He led multiple teams of federal employees and contractors in automating financial reporting functions, designing, documenting, and implementing business processes, and implementing management governance frameworks, among other things. Before that, Singh worked at Universal Technologies, Inc. as Director of Finance and Technology.