US President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint for the first time a Bangladeshi origin American to his 14-member advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
Dr N Nina Ahmad is co-owner and Executive Vice President of Government Affairs for JNA Capital, Inc., a real estate finance and development company based in Philadelphia that she helped to co-found in 1994.
Three other Indian-Americans are also set to be appointed to the commission. They are: US Air Force officer Lt Col Ravi Chaudhary, prominent community leader Shekar Narasimhan and popular film and television actor Maulik Pancholy.
According to a White House press release, the members will advise the President on innovative ways to engage AAPIs across the country and to improve their health, education, environment, and well-being.
"I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years," Obama said.
Hailing from all over the US and from across a wide range of disciplines, "these accomplished individuals will work to advance the inclusion of the AAPI community and to uplift the community’s contributions to America", reads the press release.