US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Indo-American Mala Adiga as policy director for his wife Jill, choosing an experienced hand in education policy as the new first lady focuses on education and plans to continue teaching in community colleges. Adiga was Jill’s senior advisor and senior political advisor for Biden’s 2020 campaign. She previously worked for the Biden Foundation as Director of Higher Education and Military Families.
Previously, under the Obama administration, she was Assistant Under Secretary of State for Academic Programs in the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs and worked in the State Department’s Office for Global Women’s Issues as Chief cabinet and senior advisor to the itinerant ambassador. . The policy director for future first lady Jill Biden will be Mala Adiga, who has been her senior advisor and senior policy adviser for the Biden-Harris campaign. Adiga will work for a First Lady who has said she intends to prioritize education and military families, ”CNN reported on Friday.
Biden announced on Friday a new round of White House positions to be filled by longtime Bidens aides. Louisa Terrell, who served as executive director of the Biden Foundation, will become director of the White House legislative affairs office. She comes to the post with an experience that includes being the president’s special assistant for legislative affairs in the Obama-Biden administration, according to the report.
Carlos Elizondo, who was Jill Biden’s social secretary during the Obama administration, will be White House social secretary. Ambassador Cathy Russell will assume the role of director of the White House presidential staff office, he said. Adiga was Director of Human Rights in the Multilateral Directorate and Human Rights of National Security Personnel (NSS). Prior to joining NSS, she was a lawyer at the Department of Justice, where she was a lawyer with the Associate Attorney General.
Before entering government service, Adiga volunteered and then worked for Obama’s presidential campaign for almost two years, according to his bio on the US State Department website. She received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School and her MPH from the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a BA in Spanish.
The new announcements come just days after Biden revealed his first round of White House staff, including the appointment of his campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, as deputy chief of staff, and from campaign co-chair Cedric Richmond as director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. At the weekend, he announced that his assistant Ron Klain would become his chief of staff.