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Pramila Jayapal hires Indian-American Obama aide as chief of staff

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Congresswoman Jayapal, the first-ever Indian-American woman to be elected to the House of Representatives, has appointed Gautam Raghavan, a former official, as her

Jayapal, a of the progressive movement, who has made a mark on immigration and rights-related issues, was last month re-elected to the for her second term from the Washington state.

currently serves as of the Indian American Impact Project & Fund. He is also an to the

A former Obama and political consultant, led IMPACT through a historic election cycle in which an unprecedented number of Indian-Americans ran for office at the federal and state level. He will continue to serve on IMPACT's boards of directors, a said.

From 2011 to 2014, served as Barack Obama's liaison to the LGBTQ community as well as the Asian-American & Pacific Islander community.

From 2009 to 2011, he was acting Liaison for the and as outreach lead for the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Working Group.

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

"Since joining Congress, Jayapal quickly established herself as a bold, unapologetic, national voice for progressive values. With so much at stake, I can think of no better place to fight for a more just, fair, and prosperous future than at her side," Raghavan said.

In a statement, Jayapal said her goals in the 116th would continue to be stand for a bold, progressive agenda that ensures opportunity.

"The progressive movement has never been stronger, and I look forward to translating that into real wins for working people, women, immigrants, those living in poverty and the most marginalised," she said.

"I'm thrilled to have Gautam, a fellow Seattleite, joining our exceptional team. I know his experience and leadership will continue guiding our office as we fight for real progressive change in Washington and across our country in hopes of creating a fairer and more just country," Jayapal said.

"As our founding executive director, Gautam has worked tirelessly to raise the visibility of our organisation, our community, and our leaders," said Raj Goyle, of IMPACT and of the Impact Project.

"While we're sad to lose him, we are thrilled that he will be a top to Congresswoman Jayapal, one of the most prominent Indian-Americans in elected office today. This kind of talent pipeline is why IMPACT exists," Goyle said.

"Under Gautam's leadership, endorsed over 20 candidates and deployed more funds for Indian-American candidates than any political organisation in history," Deepak Raj, of IMPACT and of the Impact Fund, said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 02:10 IST
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