3 Indian Americans nominated by Obama to Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Lt. Col Ravi Chaudhary, Shekar Narasimhan and Maulik Pancholy.

By The American Bazaar Staff

WASHINGTON, DC: Three Indian Americans and a Bangladeshi America have been appointed by President Barack Obama to the 14-member Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

The three Indian Americans are: Lt. Col Ravi Chaudhary, an officer in the US Air Force; community leader Shekar Narasimhan and actor Maulik Pancholy. The Bangladeshi American is entrepreneur N Nina Ahmad.

“I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years,” said Obama in a statement issued by the White House.

Chaudhary is currently serving as Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. He has logged over 3,000 flight hours as a pilot and flight test engineer, including over 700 combat hours.

Narasimhan is managing partner at Beekman Advisors since 2003 and chairman of Papillon Capital since 2012. He previously was the managing director at Prudential Mortgage Capital company from 2000 to 2003 and the chairman and CEO of the WMF group Ltd from 1988 to 2000.

Narasimhan is also a co-founder of the Emergent Institute (formerly known as the Indian Institute for Sustainable Enterprise) in Bangalore, a nonprofit institution training entrepreneurs to build social ventures. He received a B S from IIT Delhi and an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.
Pancholy is widely known for playing the role of Jonathan for six seasons on NBC’s award-winning series 30 Rock. He also appeared in six seasons of the showtime series Weeds and played Neal on the first season of the NBC series Whitney.

Ahmad is co-owner and executive vice president of government Affairs for JNA Capital, a real estate finance and development company based in Philadelphia.

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