Neera Tanden likely to get key position in Hillary administration

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Tanden is a strong advocate of Hillary Clinton.

AB Wire

Indian American Neera Tanden, who made her political debut on a national stage at the Democratic National Convention, is likely to get a key position in the administration if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election.

Several media reports say that Tanden, the president of Centre for American Progress, a Washington-based progressive public policy research, and advocacy organization would be picked by Hillary Clinton for an important position if she wins the race.

Speaking at the convention Tanden said, “I know firsthand that the decisions our leaders make, make all of the difference in peoples’ lives. That’s why I chose a career in public policy, and that’s why I am so very proud to support Hillary Clinton.”

A strong advocate of Hillary Clinton, Tanden views the policies of the Democratic Party as pro-immigrant as against the Republican candidate Donald Trump who speaks against immigrants and Muslims.

Neera Tanden (right), CEO of the Center for American Progress and former Obama administration official, with two unidentified guests, at Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC, Saturday, January 19. Photo by Global India Newswire/Shahi Prabhakaran.
Neera Tanden (right), CEO of the Center for American Progress and former Obama administration official, with two unidentified guests, at Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC, Saturday, January 19. Photo by Global India Newswire/Shahi Prabhakaran.

“He has been very antagonistic towards all immigrants. He does not have a very clear picture of who an American is. And I do not think that is really welcoming among the South Asian community,” Tanden said about Trump.

Tanden shared her experiences in life to explain how the policies of the Democratic Party that has changed her life.

“My parents got divorced when I was five years old. My father left for a time, and my mother had to be on welfare. She worked hard to support me and my brother…We used lunch of vouchers at school and food stamps at the supermarket,” she said.

“After we moved out of our house, a federal subsidy let us to get an apartment and stay in a town with good public schools. It wasn’t easy, but we eventually got back on our feet because of the investment democrats have made in struggling families like mine,” added Tanden.

Born in 1970 in Bedford, Massachusetts to immigrant parents from India, Neera Tanden, 45, has played a crucial role in shaping some of the key policies of the Democratic campaign and Obama administration. Being one of the strong campaigners of Clinton, she has been aggressive on Twitter to defend the Democratic nominee.

A graduate from Yale Law School, Tanden was the domestic policy director for Barack Obama’s campaign.

Ami Bera, the Indian American Congress representative (D-Elk Grove) had praised the views of Hillary Clinton at the convention yesterday. “As the only South Asian member of Congress, as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I support Hillary Clinton because she is the only candidate that understands the complexity of the world and is prepared from day one to lead America,” Ami Bera said.

Bera was one of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Members of Congress invited to speak at the event led by Congresswoman Judy Chu.