45-year-old, Indian-American Neera Tanden has been appointed by the Democratic party to a panel that would draft its policy agenda for the November presidential election. Tanden is the only Indian- American in this committee of 15 members.
Currently, Tanden is the CEO of the Center for American Progress, a top US think-tank and a long-time associate of presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. She has been the policy director for Ms. Clinton’s campaign in 2008 and also the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Joe Biden presidential campaign in 2012.
Tanden is being touted as a potential cabinet member if Clinton is elected as the US president in the November general elections.
Congressman Elijah Cummings has been appointed as chair of the drafting committee.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultzshe said, “We are delighted to bring together this talented group of Democrats. These individuals represent some of the best progressive thinking from across the nation. I am confident that the members of this committee will engage Americans in a substantive dialogue of ideas and solutions that will inform our Party Platform”.