Two Indian-origin consultants in public service have been appointed by the Biden administration to key positions at AmeriCorps, the federal company for volunteering and repair.
Sonali Nijhawan has been named Director of AmeriCorps State and Nationwide, and Sri Preston Kulkarni, 42, was appointed the brand new Chief of Exterior Affairs.
Regardless of having run for Congress twice unsuccessfully from Texas, Mr Kulkarni was definitely seen by the management in Washington.
His appointment, together with Ms Nijhawan and Dan Kohl’s, displays “the Biden administration’s dedication to numerous management”, in accordance with a launch by AmeriCorps.
Of their roles, these leaders will use service to help the administration’s agenda, specializing in 4 of probably the most pressing challenges of our time: coronavirus, financial restoration, racial fairness, and local weather change, the AmeriCorps mentioned.
Mr Kulkarni misplaced his race for the Texas District 22 seat within the US Home of Representatives to former Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls in November because the Democratic nominee in a deeply Republican district.
Sri Preston Kulkarni brings a wide range of expertise in service and public affairs to AmeriCorps, together with 14 years as a international service officer with the State Division the place he specialised in public diplomacy and labored in public affairs and worldwide info programmes, finishing excursions in Taiwan, Russia, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica and Washington, the assertion mentioned.
Ms Nijhawan has dedicated her profession to creating leaders and rising nationwide service. Most not too long ago, she developed and served as the manager director of Stockton Service Corps, a six-year, $12 million initiative to deal with native wants by AmeriCorps.
Her skilled background additionally contains intensive expertise in schooling, AmeriCorps mentioned in a press launch.
Impressed by the scholars, households, and AmeriCorps neighborhood she met, she went on to assist discovered Metropolis 12 months Sacramento and launch the organisation’s twenty second website with 50 new AmeriCorps members.
Sonali Nijhawan additionally served because the California director of Schooling Pioneers the place she recruited, positioned, and supported managers in city college methods and schooling nonprofits, empowering individuals to problem the established order of our public schooling system.
She earned a bachelor’s in schooling and psychology from Marquette College and a grasp’s in social work from the College of Maryland, Baltimore.
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