Indian American lawyer and activist Kiran Ahuja has been elected as the head of the US Office of Personnel Management, a federal agency that manages America`s more than two million civil servants. She was confirmed in the Senate after a tie-in and Vice President Kamala Harris voted for Ahuja after the Senate voted 50-50 on party lines. With this, Harris has so far cast the 6th tie-breaking vote as the Vice President this year. Ahuja, 49, is the first Indian-American to serve in this top position in the US government. Ahuja has more than two decades of experience in public service and the philanthropic sector, including a senior role in OPM under former President Barack Obama. Ahuja served as the Chief of Staff to the Director of the US Office of Personnel Management from 2015 to 2017. She currently serves as the CEO of Philanthropy Northwest, a regional network of philanthropic institutions. She began her career as a civil rights lawyer at the US Department of Justice, litigating school desegregation cases and filing the department`s first student racial harassment case. From 2003 to 2008, Ahuja served as the founding executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women`s Forum, an advocacy and membership organization.