Seema Nanda, first Indian American to be elected as a CEO of Democratic party’s national panel


The decision-making institute of the Democratic Party in the US named as The Democratic National Committee (DNC), has chosen Indian American Seema Nanda to become its new CEO and handle the party’s day-to-day operations, making her the first from the community to be named an operational head of a key American political party.

“At present Seema Nanda is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights which is the largest human and civil rights organization in the US. Later in July Nanda will handle the new position”, the DNC said in a press release on Friday.

With the position of a CEO, Nanda’s major duties will be regarding the management of the day-to-day activities and operations of the organization. “The DNC coordinates strategy to support the party’s candidates throughout the country for local, state and national office.
As mid-term elections continue and the 2020 elections draw closer, hiring the management-oriented Nanda is a move away from more explicitly political executives who have led the troubled party in the past”, Politico reported.

DNC Chair Tom Perez, in one of his statements, said that “I’m beyond excited that Nanda is bringing her talent and brilliance to the DNC and She is a seasoned manager who has a proven track record of success.”

In past years Nanda has even worked as Perez’s chief of staff at the US Department of Labour. “She replaces interim CEO Mary Beth Cahill, who took the helm of the DNC in February after replacing Jess O’Connell, a seasoned operative who left after less than a year on the job”, said one of the government officials.”

“People are hurting all across our country. I believe that Democrats are offering the positive solutions so desperately-needed right now — solutions forged by the strength of our diversity, the rigor of our ideas and the decency of our values,” Nanda said in a statement.

According to a DNC statement, Seema Nanda has also worked for Perez, which “took a fresh look” regarding the operation of the committee after the 2016 election.

Besides this Nanda has a strong background in labor and employment law and has even worked in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.
“As we head towards a crucial election, I’m one hundred percent certain that Seema’s leadership will help the DNC capitalize on the unprecedented grassroots energy and enthusiasm surging throughout the country,” Perez said in a statement.

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