Biden picks Indian American as policy director of First Lady
US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Indian-American Mala Adiga as the policy director of his wife Jill, choosing an experienced education policy hand as the incoming First Lady focuses on education and plans to continue teaching community college classes. Ms. Adiga, who was a senior policy adviser for Biden`s 2020 campaign has been a senior adviser to Jill, too. She previously worked for the Biden Foundation as director for higher education and military families. During Obama`s administration, Adiga was deputy assistant secretary of state for academic programs at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and worked in the State Department`s Office of Global Women`s Issues as chief of staff and senior adviser to the ambassador-at-large. Ms Adiga earlier served as Director for Human Rights in the National Security Staff`s (NSS) Multilateral and Human Rights Directorate. Prior to joining NSS, she was an attorney at the Department of Justice, where she served as Counsel to the Associate Attorney General. The new announcements come just days after Mr. Biden revealed his first round of top White House staff, including the appointment of his campaign manager, Jen O`Malley Dillon, to serve as deputy chief of staff, and campaign co-chair Cedric Richmond as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.