Biden Administration appoints Indian-Americans to key posts in Energy Department

The Biden Administration has appointed four Indian-Americans to senior positions within the crucial Department of Energy. The administration appointed Tarak Shah as the Chief of Staff, making him the primary Indian-American to serve therein position. Tanya Das has been named because the Chief of Staff to the Office of Science, Narayan Subramanian will occupy the position of Legal Adviser within the Office of General Counsel, and Shuchi Talati has been appointed as Chief of Staff within the Office of Fossil Energy.

“These talented and diverse public servants will deliver on President Biden’s goal to tackle the climate crisis and build an equitable clean energy future,” said Shah as the Department of Energy announced 19 senior-level appointments.

“Guided by their expertise, breadth of experience and following the science, these Department of Energy appointees will contribute to creating a clean energy economy that produces millions of good-paying American jobs and safeguards the planet for future generations,” Shah said.

In addition to the Biden-Harris appointees, David G Huizenga will function as the Acting Secretary of Energy. He was last Associate Principal Deputy Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration and has been a career employee at the department since 1987.

Tarak Shah is an energy policy expert who has spent the last decade performing on combating global climate change . At the Biden-Harris transition, Shah was the personnel lead for the climate and science team.

From 2014-2017, he served as Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the department. Shah has also worked on political campaigns, including President Obama's senate and presidential campaigns.

He had received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and his MBA from Cornell University.

Tanya Das was the last knowledgeable staffer on the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where she worked on a variety of issues in clean energy and manufacturing policy.

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