Prominent Indian-American legal expert Anjali Chaturvedi has been nominated by US President Joe Biden as General Counsel in the Veterans Affairs Division, the latest from the community to be named to a key position in the administration.
According to the White House website, Ms. Chaturvedi is a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice.
Ms. Chaturvedi has been nominated for General Counsel, US Department of Veterans Affairs.
The department’s primary vision is to provide veterans with the world-class benefits and services they deserve – and do this by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, dedication, excellence, professionalism, integrity, responsibility and stewardship.
During her career, Ms. Chaturvedi has worked in all three branches of government and private practice. Before returning to government, Ms. Chaturvedi served as Assistant General Counsel and Director of Investigations for Northrop Grumman Corporation, where she led the company’s global investigation team.
Ms. Chaturvedi previously served as Assistant General Counsel at British Petroleum and as a partner at the Nixon Peabody law firm in Washington, DC. Before entering private practice, she was a federal prosecutor.
During her time with the Department of Justice, she served in both the District of Columbia and the Northern District of California U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, including as Deputy Chief of the Felony Trial Division and Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force, and as counsel for Senator Dianne Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She began her legal career as a clerk for the Honorable Gregory E. Mize of the District of Columbia Superior Court. Ms. Chaturvedi also taught advocacy for trials and criminal proceedings as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and Hastings College of Law.
Born in Cortland, New York, Ms. Chaturvedi 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, MD with her husband and son.
On Tuesday, eminent Indian-American scientist Dr Arti Prabhakar was nominated by Biden as top scientific adviser to the US president, a move hailed as “historic” by the White House and the Indian-American community. Last week, Biden nominated Indian-American security expert Radha Iyengar for the top position in the Pentagon.
US President Biden will nominate Indian-American career diplomat Gautam Rana as the new US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary 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 nomination by an Indian-American diplomat in more than a month.
In March, President Biden nominated two Indian Americans as US envoys. He nominated diplomat Puneet Talwar as ambassador of the country in Morocco and political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal as his envoy to the Netherlands.
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