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WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama, who already has over two dozen Indian Americans serving in top jobs in his administration, has named two more from the community, Deepa Gupta and Nisha Desai Biswal, to key posts.

While Gupta has been named as a member of National Council on the Arts, Biswal, currently Assistant Administrator for Asia at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will in addition serve on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

"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," Obama said in naming Gupta and Biswal along with seven others. "I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years."

Gupta is currently a Programme Officer for Media, Culture and Special Initiatives at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago.

In this role, she manages the foundation's grant-making in arts and culture in Chicago and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

She previously served as a senior associate at McKinsey and Company. She is a board member of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and an advisory board member of the Cure JM Foundation.

Gupta earned her MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has an AB in Public Policy and Biology from the University of Chicago.

Biswal earlier served as the Majority Clerk for the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on the Committee on Appropriations in the US House of Representatives which has jurisdiction over the State Department, USAID and other aspects of the international affairs budget.

Biswal provided staff support to Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey and Subcommittee Chairwoman Nita Lowey in managing the appropriations and oversight of the US international affairs budget.

Biswal was the Director of Policy and Advocacy at InterAction, the largest alliance of US based international humanitarian and development non-governmental organizations.

She previously served on the professional staff of the House International Relations Committee where she was responsible for South and Central Asia policy as well as oversight of the State Department and USAID.

During her four years at USAID, Biswal also worked in the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance, the Office of Transition Initiatives, and served as chief of staff in the Management Bureau.

Biswal has also worked with the American Red Cross both in their Washington headquarters and overseas as an international delegate in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Biswal holds a BA from the University of Virginia

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/news/Two-more-Indian-Americans-appointed-to-key-US-posts/articleshow/7823829.cms
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Deepa Gupta is an aunt to four-year-old Isabella, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis at age three. Deepa is thankful that Cure JM has provided her with a channel by which she can use her background in strategic management consulting, non-profit, and Foundation work to help find a cure for JM.

In addition to serving on the Cure JM Advisory Council, Deepa Gupta is a Program Officer in the General Program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where she oversees the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the Large Institutional grants program, the New Ideas program, and all of the arts and culture grantmaking in Chicago. Prior to this job, Deepa worked on a range of issues that have included public policy, communications, and arts and culture. Most recently, she was a consultant at McKinsey and Company where she worked on both domestic health care reform and global health and development, serving clients in hospitals and health systems, state and local governments, and international multi-lateral agencies. Earlier in her career, Deepa worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development doing communications and policy work for the Global Health Bureau, Office of Population and Reproductive Health. In addition, she served as the business and marketing director for a start-up theater company, Project Y, and currently serves as the company's chairman of the board. She also serves on the board of the National Kidney Foundation. Deepa earned an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has an AB with honors in Public Policy and Biology from the University of Chicago

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Deepa Gupta is a Program Officer in Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives. She has responsibilities for the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, the Large Institutional grants program, New Ideas, and arts and culture grantmaking in Chicago.

Previous to her arrival at MacArthur, Deepa worked on a range of issues for the last ten years that have included public policy, communications, and arts and culture. Most recently, she has been a senior associate at McKinsey and Co. Earlier in her career, Deepa worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development and as the business and marketing director for a start-up theater company. Deepa earned an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and (jointly) a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has an AB in Public Policy and Biology from the University of Chicago.
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Nisha Desai Biswal is no stranger to the U.S. Agency for International Development, even though she is just getting settled into her new role as its assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East. Not only did Biswal serve for four years in USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, Office of Transition Initiatives, and as chief of staff in its Management Bureau, she has also spent much of her career interacting with the agency in other capacities, as in her previous role as a majority clerk for the House of Representatives’ appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations. Prior to that, she was a professional staff member of the House International Relations Committee.

This unique perspective is sure to serve Biswal well in her return to USAID. Her priority will be to build stronger partnerships between individuals and agencies that play a role in development in Asia.

“In my travels across the region over the years, I have seen that development is most transformative and sustainable when assistance programs are embraced and owned by the local population and there is a true partnership between both the donor and recipient nation,” she said.

In addition to her passion for fighting global poverty, Biswal has something else in common with her new boss, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah: Their parents are first-generation immigrants from India. She draws inspiration from their parents’ story of “journey[ing] far from rural India to pursue the American Dream and a better life for their children.”

At USAID, Biswal will help to ensure that future generations in Asia and elsewhere have a chance at fulfilling their dreams as well.

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