Biden taps Seema Nanda as Solicitor of Department of Labor

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Indian American Nanda set to return to the Department of Labor, where she served during the Obama administration.

Indian American Seema Nanda is set to return to the Department of Labor, where she served for 40 months as Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff and Deputy Solicitor during the Obama administration.

President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate her as the Solicitor of the Department of Labor on March 26, 2021.

The Arlington, VA, resident is currently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School Labor & Worklife Program.

Nanda, who grew up in Connecticut, served as the CEO of the Democratic National Committee, an apex party body that coordinates strategy to elect its candidates various federal, state and local offices, from June 2018 to April last year.

READ:Indian American Seema Nanda is the new CEO of Democratic National Committee  (June 29, 2018)

During her tenure as the DNC chief, the party captured the House of Representatives in the 2018 mid-term election, propelling Rep. Nancy Pelosi back to the House speaker position.

As the DNC CEO, she worked closely with Chair Tom​ Perez, who was also her former boss at  the Department of Labor, managing the group’s day-to-day operations.

Prior to joining the DNC, she served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at the advocacy group Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

READ: List of Indian Americans in the Biden administration (January 2, 2021)

During President Obama’s first term, Nanda served at the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, initially as a Senior Trial Attorney and then as a Deputy Special Counsel.

From 2007 to 2010, she served as a supervisor attorney in the Division of Advice at the National Labor Relations Board.

Nanda earned her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and law degree from Boston College Law School.

Nanda was one of the six nominees announced by Biden on Friday.

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