Obama administration made up of the best and the brightest!
Washington DC, April 20, 2009. US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) congratulates Aneesh Chopra, Vivek Kundra, Sonal Shah, on their appointments to the Obama administration.
Aneesh Chopra has been nominated to be the Chief Technology officer, Vivek Kundra as the Chief Information Officer and Sonal Shah has been appointed head of the new Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the White House. Aneesh Chopra who is cited as "one of technology's leading lights" initially made his name as Fourth Secretary of Technology in expanding Virginia's high-speed Internet. Vivek Kundra previously served as Washington D.C.'s chief technology officer when he joined the administration of Mayor Adrian Fenty in 2007. In Washington, he was known for overhauling the city's tech system and making data more available to citizens. He is particularly recognized for launching "Applications for Democracy," a contest that challenged programmers to devise new ways to use D.C. data in iPhone and Internet applications. Sonal Shah had been the head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org. She was also the India Abroad Person of the Year 2003.
USINPAC also congratulates Indian Americans, Kal Penn, Madhuri Kommareddi, Neal Katyal, Neera Tanden, Nick Rathod, Rajiv Shah on their appointment. USINPAC has, since its inception, supported and encouraged India Americans to participate in the political process of their country (http://tinyurl.com/usinpac1). "USINPAC applauds the appointment of these accomplished and highly qualified individuals to their well deserved ground-breaking appointments," said USINPAC Chairman Sanjay Puri.
USINPAC had endorsed Chopra and Kundra when they were first appointed to positions of responsibility by Gov Tim Kaine of Virginia three years ago. USINPAC has similarly supported the candidature of Sonal Shah to her present position. Mr. Puri said, "These appointments are a matter of immense pride for the entire Indian American community as they will serve as role models for all of us while serving the nation. This should motivate other Indian Americans from all fields to come forward and serve their country and to contribute to its success".