Prominent Indian-American legal expert Anjali Chaturvedi has been nominated by U.S. President Joe Biden as general counsel in the Department of Veterans Affairs, the youngest in the community to be nominated for a key position in the administration.
Ms Chaturvedi is a deputy assistant attorney general in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, according to the White House website.
Ms Chaturvedi has been nominated for General Counsel, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The department’s main vision is to provide veterans with the world – class benefits and services they deserve – and to do so by meeting the highest standards of compassion, dedication, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability and stewardship.
Ms Chaturvedi has worked in all three branches of government and in private practice during her career. Prior to returning to civil service, Ms Chaturvedi was the Assistant General Counsel and Director of Investigations for Northrop Grumman Corporation, who led the company’s global investigation team.
Ms Chaturvedi previously served as an Assistant General Counsel at British Petroleum and as a partner at Nixon Peabody’s Washington, DC law firm. Before entering private practice, she was a federal prosecutor.
During her time with the Department of Justice, she has served in both the District of Columbia and the Northern District of California’s U.S. Attorney’s Offices, including as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Trial Division and Head of the Organized Crime Force, and details as Advocate for Senator Dianne Feinstein on the Senate Legal Committee. She began her legal career as a clerk for the Honorable Gregory E. Mize of Columbia District Court. Ms Chaturvedi also taught interrogation and criminal procedure as a Deputy Professor at Georgetown University and Hastings College of Law.
Ms. Chaturvedi, born in Cortland, New York, is a first-generation American.
She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School and Cornell University. She is also a certified yoga teacher and leadership coach. She lives in Chevy Chase, managing director with her husband and son.
On Tuesday, leading Indian-American scientist Dr. Arti Prabhakar was nominated by Biden as a top scientific adviser to the U.S. president, a decision that is considered “historic” by the White House and the Indian-American community. Biden last week nominated Indian-American security expert Radha Iyengar to the top position of the Pentagon.
US President Biden will nominate Indian-American career diplomat Gautam Rana as the new US extraordinary and authorized ambassador to Slovakia, the White House said in a statement last month.
Biden nominated Indian-American diplomat Rachna Sachdeva Korhonen as his envoy to Mali in April, the third such nomination of an Indian-American in more than a month.
In March, President Biden nominated two Native Americans as US envoys. He nominated diplomat Puneet Talwar as the country’s ambassador to Morocco and political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal as his envoy to the Netherlands.
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