Indian-American Sonal Shah Elected as Obama’s Advisor


US President-elect Barack Obama has picked Indian-American Sonal Shah, an eminent economist who heads Google’s philanthropic arm, as one of the advisers to help him assemble his White House team. Shah 40,  along with other members of the advisory board will help the transition team headed by former White House chief of staff John Podesta, longtime Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Pete Rouse, the President-elect’s Senate chief of staff. Meanwhile, reports suggest that India-born Preeta Bansal, a Harvard-educated lawyer who was part of Obama’s team of advisers during his election campaign, may be a potential candidate for the office of the Solicitor General, a post yet to be filled by a woman in US. Bansal is now 42, who has adviced Obama on foreign policy and judiciary matters. ” The Solicitor General is the only position where the statute requires that the officer be learned in the law “. She a graduate of Havard Law School served as The General Solicitor of New York. Morrison and Foerster partner Beth Brinkmann and Harvard Law school dean and professor Elena Kagan’s names have also been attached to the post. she was also a part of Bill Clinton’s White House and Justice Department in 1993-96.


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