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Indian-American named as special assistant to Prez Biden for Labour & Workers

Indian-American named as special assistant to Prez Biden for Labour & Workers

WASHINGTON: Indian-American Pronita Gupta has been named US President Joe Biden’s Special Assistant for Labour and Workers on the Domestic Policy Council, a media release has said.

Gupta, who was until recently the Director of Job Quality Team at the Centre for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), brings a deep commitment and dedication to advocating policies that improve job quality for workers, strengthen worker protection, and increase economic security for working families with low incomes, the release said.

“She is an extraordinary leader who places people with low incomes and people of colour at the core of her work and powerfully combines passion and vision with deep, detailed, practical knowledge. I cannot think of anyone who could better serve President Biden and the nation in advancing this crucial agenda,” said Olivia Golden, executive director for the Centre for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).

In her nearly four years as CLASP’s Director of the Job Quality team, Pronita was a leader nationally and in the states, advancing policies that improved the jobs of workers with low wages, playing an integral role in the Work Family Strategy Council and partnering with colleagues around the country, Golden said.

“At CLASP, she assembled a tremendously effective team that played a crucial role in building state and national momentum for paid family and medical leave and paid sick days, taking on everything from the details of financing and implementing effective programs to the broad vision, through testimony, speeches, detailed technical assistance, and powerful research reports and commentaries,” Golden said.

During the second term of the Obama Administration, Gupta was Deputy Director, Women’s Bureau at the US Department of Labour from April 2014 to January 2017.

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