Biden names Richard Verma to President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Richard Verma; Photo credit: US Embassy, New Delhi

Verma was the first Indian American to be named US ambassador to India by President Barack Obama in 2014

President Joe Biden has named Indian American Richard Verma, a former US ambassador to India, as a member of President’s Intelligence Advisory Board that advises him on effectiveness of the US Intelligence Community.

Verma, 53, who was the first Indian American to be named enovy to India by President Barack Obama in 2014, is currently the General Counsel and Head of Global Public Policy for Mastercard.

As Ambassador to India, Verma led one of the largest US diplomatic missions and championed historic progress in bilateral ties, the White House noted announcing his new assignment Wednesday.

Read: Ford Foundation appoints Richard Verma to board of trustees (October 25, 2021)

Biden also named Admiral James A. “Sandy” Winnefeld, Jr, who retired after serving as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. as Chair of the 16 member board.

Janet Napolitano, a former Secretary of Homeland Security and a former two-term Governor of Arizona, and Gilman G. Louie, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of America’s Frontier Fund were also named members.

The board provides the President with an independent source of advice on the effectiveness with which the Intelligence Community is meeting the nation’s intelligence needs and the vigor and insight with which the community plans for the future.

In his current job at Mastercard, Verma oversees the company’s law and policy functions in the United States and around the world, according to his official profile.

Verma is also a former Assistant Secretary of State and the former National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader.

A veteran of the US Air Force, he is the recipient of numerous military awards and civilian decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award.

Verma was a member of the WMD (weapon of mass destruction) and Terrorism Commission, and he currently serves on a number of boards including the Ford Foundation, Lehigh University and the National Endowment for Democracy.

Read: Biden names Indian-American Richard Verma to body that monitors US spies (May 5, 2022)

Verma is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and he holds multiple academic degrees, including his doctorate (PhD) from Georgetown University and his law degree (JD) from American University.

He was an active member of Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign and led the team’s outreach to the Indian American community.

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