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Indian American Woman Takes Over as CEO of Democratic National Committee

Seema Nanda

Indian American lawyer Seema Nanda, who has taken over as the Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the United States, said that the country now needs positive solutions “forged by the strength” of diversity.

Nanda, who assumed the position on July 23, will handle the day-to-day operations of the Opposition political party in the run-up to the crucial upcoming mid-term elections in November this year. She called for support for the Democratic Party to win back the House of Representatives from the ruling Republicans.

“We are fighting now for the soul of our country, for our democracy and for opportunity,” Nanda said, PTI reported. “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,” she added.

In her first message to Democratic supporters, Nanda said, “Since (President Donald) Trump took office, it’s been clear that the number one best way for us to set our country back on track is to elect Democrats in every corner of our country. That’s why I took this job.”

Nanda was earlier the executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, one of the largest human and civil rights organizations in the United States. Nanda, whose parents are dentists, grew up in Connecticut, and is an alumnus of Boston College Law School and Brown University. She has also worked in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and her 12- and 14-year-old sons.

Nanda mentioned her children in her message after taking over as the DNC CEO. “My promise to my two teenage boys is to do all I can to create an America that is bright, fair, and that works for everyone, where opportunity for all means something,” she said.

“Our party is strong because it’s built on forging positive solutions that include everyone. I’m proud to be the first Asian-American in recent memory to lead the DNC. Democrats are leading with our values and empowering people from diverse backgrounds to speak up and make our voices heard,” she added.

Nanda emphasized upon the upcoming mid-term elections, saying, “At the DNC, we have committed to helping Democrats win back seats at all levels of government, because we need Democrats from the school board to the Senate to take back our country.”

She added that the Democratic Party is pulling out all the stops to campaign for the vote, through measures such as investing in state parties, deploying organizers in all the states, and mobilizing 50 million voters through their nationwide “I Will Vote” campaign.

“We’re setting our sights and our goals higher than ever before in order to help Democratic leaders fight and win all across our country,” Nanda said.

In a tweet on July 26, she said: “I couldn’t be more excited to be in this fight to elect Democrats. This fight to take back our country for working families is one that all of us must fight together.”