VP’s Helpers: Close aides of Vice President Kamala Harris share their journey

Rohini Kosoglu, home coverage advisor to V.P. Harris and deputy assistant to the President, seen in a Twitter message with Vice President Kamala Harris (photograph on left) and Harris and President Biden (Photo on proper). Photo: Twitter.

Vice President Kamala Harris is thought for her encouragement and help for the Asian American group to which she belongs, being the primary Indian-American to change into the second-in-command within the Biden administration. Harris has additionally tried to infuse her close-knit workforce of advisors and assistants with a range hardly ever matched earlier than this.

That could also be why Glamour journal featured some of her high aides who occur to be of Indian, and Sri Lankan heritage, with at the least two of them having shut connections to New Jersey.

Early on Biden when nonetheless the President-elect had promised an administration that seemed like America, and expressly acknowledged that his Vice President, who’s each African and Indian in origin, would do the identical.

“From the start, Vice President-elect Harris and I’ve sought to construct an administration that appears like America,” Biden stated. “Building a various workforce will result in higher outcomes and more practical options to handle the pressing crises going through our nation.”

Glamour, in its July 4, 2021 situation, options Indian-Americans Opal Vadhan of New Jersey, private aide to Harris; and Sabrina Singh of Los Angeles, former press officer for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, and now deputy press secretary; in addition to Sri Lankan American Rohini Kosoglu, home coverage advisor to V.P. Harris and deputy assistant to the President.

Also featured are Afghan-American Nasrina Bargzie, affiliate counsel to the Vice President; and Chinese American Josh Hsu, counsel to Harris.

Opal Vadhan, private aide to VP Kamala Harris. Photo: twitter @Sabrina Singh46

For Opal Vadhan, 27, life within the White House started early with an internship 7 years in the past in 2014. She informed Glamour she had by no means been political however getting the distinguished internship modified her life.

“I hadn’t voted, I didn’t come from a political household, however my supervisor at MSNBC—the place I used to be interning as a broadcast journalist—informed me I’d be nice at it,” Vadhan informed Glamour, including, “It made me notice that I didn’t simply wish to inform the tales to assist individuals; I needed to be an element of the change and actually make a distinction.”

VP Kamala Harris celebrating the birthday of her private aide Opal Vadhan July 17, 2021.Photo courtesy household of Opal Vadhan

Like lots of different Indian-Americans in political campaigns and as strategists, former First Lady and later U.S. Senator Hillary Rodhan Clinton, was a mentor. And so it was with Vadhan, who labored as govt assistant and journey director for Clinton.

As Vice President Harris’ private aide, Vadhan has the privilege of touring with the VP and making certain all appointments and preparations are on the right track.

Growing up, Vadhan informed Glamour she by no means thought it was attainable to be the place she is as we speak, as a result of nobody even on TV seemed like their household. But issues have modified in order that she is now working cheek by jowl with the primary lady of colour Vice President within the historical past of the nation, a daughter of immigrants like she herself is.

“I believe it simply goes to indicate that the American dream is completely alive and properly on this nation,” Vadhan informed Glamour.

Sabrina Singh, deputy press secretary to VP Kamala Harris. Photo Twitter Sabrina Singh

Sabrina Singh, not like Vadhan, was political since she was in elementary faculty, she informed Desi Talk in an interview in August 2019, when she was the nationwide press secretary for New Jersey Senator Cory Booker’s presidential marketing campaign. She later joined the marketing campaign of Andrew Yang, and at last ended up with Harris, and is now her deputy press secretary on the White House.

She spoke proudly of her heritage that goes again to her well-known grandfather Jagjit (J.J.) Singh, who she informed News India Times in an earlier interview, has remained an inspiration for her, and particularly so in a time when these anti-immigrant sentiments could also be rearing their head. Jagjit (J.J.) Singh, is described in scholarly research as “a profitable service provider, Manhattan socialite, Indian nationalist and the President of the Indian League of America.” (Abstract of the thesis by Neilah Shah of Haverford College, entitled – TheLuce-Celler Act of 1946: White Nationalism, Indian Nationalism and the Cosmopolitan Elite).

In her Glamour interview as properly, Singh spoke of her grandfather who left India following political protests when the British put out a name for his arrest, had continued his activism when lobbying the U.S. Congress for citizenship for individuals of Indian descent.

“The first job I had in D.C. was as a workers assistant on The Hill, and I labored within the Rayburn House workplace constructing. As I walked by way of the Cannon and Longworth buildings, it struck me that these had been the identical hallways that my grandfather would stroll to foyer Congress for citizenship,” Singh informed Glamour.

Rohini Kosuglu, home coverage advisor to VP Kamala Harris and deputy assistant to President Biden. Photo: Harvard.edu

Rohini Kosoglu all the time dreamed of working within the White House, she informed Glamour. Starting from the mailroom within the U.S. Senate to mentorships in senators’ workplaces, Kosoglu was made a suggestion she couldn’t refuse – chief of workers to then Sen. Kamala Harris.

Holding one of probably the most crucial jobs as home coverage advisor, Kosoglu informed Glamour her work entails analyzing numerous choices and breaking down every to evaluate the advantages and prices earlier than the Vice President can decide on the most effective coverage to comply with in any home situation whether or not or not it’s Child Tax Credit or childcare.


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