Seema Nanda: Solicitor, Department of Labor

Seema Nanda,
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Indian American Seema Nanda returned to the U.S. Department of Labor, where she served during the Obama administration.

Seema Nanda was confirmed as solicitor — the top legal officer — at the Department of Labor by the U.S. Senate on July 14. She was confirmed by a vote of 53-46.

She previously served as Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Deputy Solicitor at the US Department of Labor in the Obama Administration. Before that, Nanda spent over 15 years in various roles as a labor and employment attorney, mostly in government service. She led the now named Office of Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the US Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, served as a supervisor attorney in the Division of Advice at the National Labor Relations Board, and worked as an associate in private practice in Seattle.

After the Obama Administration, Nanda led the Democratic National Committee as its Chief Executive Officer. 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.

Most recently, she was a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program. Nanda, who grew up in Connecticut, is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School.

Read more on Seema Nanda:

Biden taps Seema Nanda as Solicitor of Department of Labor (March 29, 2021)

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


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