US President Joe Biden on Friday promoted Indian national Gautam Raghavan to head the Office of the President’s Personnel at the White House. Raghavan has replaced Kathy Russell in this position in the White House. Russell has been appointed as the next Executive Director of UNICEF by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. 40-year-old Gautam Raghavan is gay and lives in Washington with his daughter.
The decision of who will work in the White House will now be in Gautam’s hands. After Gautam’s appointment, Biden said, “I am delighted that Gautam Raghavan, who has been working closely with Kathy from day one, will be the new director of the PPO. This transformation will enable us to build an efficient, effective, reliable and diverse federal workforce. Biden’s statement is proof that Gautam is his very special and trusted officer.
Gautam Raghavan, who worked with Obama
Gautam Raghavan is a first generation immigrant and was born and raised in Seattle in India. Gautam graduated from Stanford University, USA. Gautam is the editor of West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House. This book takes a personal look at the presidency and the presidential staff. She has also served as Liaison to former US President Barack Obama’s LGBTQ community, as well as to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community from 2011–2014.
Gautam is an experienced officer
Gautam has also worked for the Department of Defense, the 2008 Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee. He has also served as the Deputy Assistant to the President since January 20, 2020 and as the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. He was also the first employee appointed to the Biden-Harris transition team where he served as deputy chief of presidential appointments.