US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed Indian American Mala Adiga as the Policy Director of his wife Jill Biden. Jill becomes First lady of the United States after Biden takes charge.
A native of Illinois, Mala Adiga is a graduate of Grinnell College, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and the University of Chicago Law School.
She has served as a Senior Advisor to Jill Biden and also played an active role as a Senior Policy Advisor on the Biden-Kamala Harris election campaign. She was earlier the Director for Higher Education and Military Families at Biden Foundation.
During the Obama-Biden administration, Adiga served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large, and as Director for Human Rights on the National Security Staff.
Prior to that, she was Counsel to the Associate Attorney General in the Department of Justice. Before entering government service, Adiga worked on the Obama-Biden 2008 presidential campaign. Prior to the campaign, she was a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon in the Northern District of Indiana.
Joe Biden made the announcement of her appointment as he announced the names of four new members of his White House senior staff.