Barack Obama appoints Indian-American fund raiser to key administration post

Washington:  US President Barack Obama has appointed a top Indian-American fund raiser, who worked for his re-election campaign, to a key administration post.

San Francisco philanthropist, Azita Raji, who reportedly raised more than $3 million in contributions in 2011-2012 re-election campaign of Obama, has been appointed as Member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowship.

The announcement came along with nine other appointments to key administration post.

"I am honoured that these talented individuals have decided to join this Administration and serve our country. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," Obama said in a statement.

A Trustee of Barnard College, and a founding Co-Chair of the Athena Leadership Council of Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Raji is Co-Chair of Barnard's Development Committee.

She also serves as a member of the Executive Committee, the Investment Committee, and the Strategic Planning Advisory Group.

A Chartered Financial Analyst, Raji received a BA in Architecture and French from Barnard College and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.

She was National Finance Vice-Chair for Obama for America in 2012 and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Social Enterprise Program at Columbia Business School.

According to The Washington Post, Azita Raji was earlier being considered as US Ambassador to a European country -Italy or Switzerland.

Story First Published: September 07, 2013 12:48 IST

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