Two Kashmiri women to be part of Joe Biden’s White House team, Aisha Shah and Sameera Fazili

Two Kashmir women are appointed at a senior positions in the White House Office, in National Economic Council and Digital Strategy.

According to the announcement by the Biden team, Kashmiri woman Aisha Shah has been named as Partnerships Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy, which would be headed by Rob Flaherty, Director of Digital Strategy, while Sameera Fazili has been inducted into the US president Joe Biden administration as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.

Sameera Fazili

Sameera Fazili’s parents wanted her to become a physician, but she pursued her interest in economics. In Atlanta, Fazili served as the Director of Engagement for Community and Economic Development.

On Jan 15, 2021, the Biden-Harris Transition named her new role. Sameera was named by Biden Harris Transition as the Deputy Director of National Economic Council at the White House.

The council is an important body since it regulated the economic policy making process.

Her appointment has started celebrations in her extended family in Srinagar. She is fond of skiing, swimming, tennis and travelling. She loves Kashmiri Cuisine.

Even though her parents left the valley in 1970-71, but Sameera harbors a strong affinity with Kashmir, and last visited the place in 2007.

Her family testifies that Sameera, daughter of a surgeon and pathologist, was always a bright child. Prior to the role at Biden Government, she was a clinical lecturer of Law at Yale Laws School, and is a graduate of the same. Originally from Buffalo in New York, she currently lives in Georgia with her husband and three children. She is also an alumnus of the Harvard College.

 Aisha Shah

Born in Kashmir, Aisha went to Davidson College in North Carolina for graduation. She was named as Partnership Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy, the team headed by Rob Flaherty.

Raised in Louisiana, Aisha has previously served as Digital Partnerships manager in the Biden-Harris Campaign and currently serves as an Advancement Specialist for the Smithsonian Institute.

Before this, Aisha worked as an assistant manager on the corporate fund of the John Kennedy Centre for the Performing arts where she was supporting the first ever expansion of a Presidential Memorial.

She has also been the Strategic Communications Specialist at Buoy, an integral marketing firm specializing in spitfire strategies, social impact communications. At Buoy, Aisha enabled non profits to use pop culture as a tool for social change.

Since digital outreach will be a key pillar of the Biden-Harris administration’s engagement and interaction with the public, Aisha’s role here would be bright and pivotal.


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