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Pramila Jayapal recruits former Indian-American Obama aide

IANS  |  Washington 

A former Indian American has been recruited by Congresswoman Jayapal as her

used to be the liaison to the LGBTQ community as well as the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community during former Barack Obama's time.

He has also been the Director of and Fund that supports Indian Americans in He has also served as the Liaison and Deputy White House Liaison in the

The move was announced on Monday, the US media reported.

A first-generation immigrant, Raghavan was born in India, raised in area and graduated from

Under Obama, Raghavan also managed White House and inter-agency policy working groups and directed the administration's roll out and implementation of landmark accomplishments including the order prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination in federal contracting and marriage equality among other things.

"It's a whole new part of government, and I'm obviously excited to work with Congresswoman Jayapal. I've known her practically my whole life, being from Seattle, Washington," Raghavan told News Times, a

"I have watched her establish herself as a bold, national presence, right from 9/11. She is certainly a very visible presence. She is not afraid to speak up," Raghavan said.

Jayapal is the first Indian-American woman in the She has been a longtime and founded -- later renamed -- dedicated to advocacy work including registering new immigrants to vote and lobbying for immigration reform.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 13:42 IST