Obama names 3 Indian-Americans to advisory council


President Barack Obama – REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

US President Barack Obama named three Indian Americans to an advisory council on faith-based and neighbourhood partnerships that brings together religious and secular leaders and experts in their fields, according to a report from Hindu Times.


Preeta Bansal

Naming Preeta Bansal, Nipun Mehta and Jasjit Singh and 14 others Obama said: “I am confident that these outstanding men and women will serve the American people well, and I look forward to working with them.”

Nipun Mehta

Nipun Mehta

The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighbourhood organisations, the White House said in a statement.

Ms. Bansal is a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and a Senior Advisor at MIT’s Laboratory for Social Machines.

She is also President of Social Emergence Corporation, a not-for-profit founded in May 2015, which focuses on empowering human networks and community relationships.

Ms. Bansal served as a member of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom from 2003 to 2009, and as Chair from 2004 to 2005. She was Solicitor General of the State of New York from 1999 to 2001.

Mr. Mehta, is the founder of ServiceSpace, a non-profit organization established in 1999. From 1998 to 2001, he was a software engineer at Sun Microsystems.

He is a member of the Advisory Circle of the Seva Foundation, the International Advisory Council of the Dalai Lama Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Centre.


Jasjit Singh

Mr. Singh is Executive Director of the Sikh American Legal Defence and Education Fund (SALDEF), a position he has held since 2012.

He also founded the Sikh Student Association at the University of Illinois, and served as its President from 2000 to 2002.