US President Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate two Indian Americans to key administration positions.
Vinay Singh has been nominated as Chief Financial Officer, Department of Housing and Urban Development; and Kalpana Kotagal is the nominee for Commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A Certified Public Accountant, Singh is currently senior advisor to the Administrator at the US Small Business Administration (SBA), assisting agency teams to deliver organisational efficiencies to better serve our communities’ small businesses. 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 a Deputy Assistant Secretary (US Field). He played a key role in leading trade and investment policy and promotion efforts to better market conditions for US companies.
Prior to his role at SBA, Singh was a Partner and Chief Operating Officer for Infrastructure Practice at KPMG in India. As a senior member of the executive team, he led several organisational transformation projects, leveraging technology to improve profitability and decision-making, the White House said.
As lead partner for the World Bank Group account, he supported global sustainability projects focused on solving urban and rural challenges in housing, water, energy, and economic development, it added.
The daughter of immigrants from India, Kotagal is a partner at Cohen Milstein, a member of the firm’s Civil Rights & Employment practice group, and co-chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee.
She is co-author of the seminal legal template ‘Inclusion Rider’.
Kotagal is also a diversity, equity, and inclusion expert, and represents disenfranchised people in employment and civil rights litigation involving issues related to Title VII, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act, the White House said.
Indian American Impact, nation’s leading civic Indian American and South Asian organization, welcomed the nomination of Kotagal to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“Kotagal is an exceptionally talented litigator who has been a fierce advocate for employment equity and civil rights,” said Neil Makhija, executive director of Indian American Impact.
“She has broken barriers as one of the first South Asian women to become a law partner in the plaintiffs’ bar and has been a leading voice in the national conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion. We are proud to give our emphatic support to her nomination and look forward to celebrating her confirmation,” Makhija said.(With PTI inputs)