Washington, DC: After being nominated by President Obama in 2015, Swati A. Dandekar was confirmed by the US Senate as Executive Director to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which has an Ambassador rank. With a successful track record in policy and politics, Dandekar is the first Indian-American to be nominated for the position.
Swati Dandekar hails from Nagpur in India and completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the Nagpur University. Before migrating to the USA in 1973, Dandekar finished a post-graduate diploma from the University of Mumbai. She is the first Indian-born American citizen to win a State legislative seat in the United States.
Between 2000 and 2003 Dandekar served at the Vision Iowa Board of Directors, after which she went on and became a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009. She was then elected to the Iowa Senate for the 2009 to 2011 term. Dandekar served on the Iowa Utilities Board from 2011 to 2013 and also served on the Iowa Association of School Boards from 2000 to 2002.
Swati’s confirmation is a matter of great pride and joy among the Indian-American community. Sanjay Puri, Chairman of the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), said, “Swati’s involvement and service to the public as a great advocate makes her a role model for the Indian American Community. USINPAC has worked with Swati for over a decade and seen her dedication to Iowa and the United States. We congratulate Swati for this spectacular achievement and wish her all the very best for her endeavors.”
Swati expressed, "I am honored and humbled by President Obama's decision to nominate me as U. S. Executive Director, Asian Development Bank with rank of Ambassador. I am excited about this opportunity. I will work very hard. I will make Iowa and the United States proud."
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