Jayapal Taps Obama Alum for Chief of Staff
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) has named Gautam Raghavan as her new Chief of Staff. Raghavan currently serves as Executive Director of the Indian American Impact Project & Fund and as an advisor to the Biden Foundation. He previously served as VP of Policy for the Gill Foundation, the nation’s oldest funder of LGBTQ civil rights advocacy. From 2011 to 2014, Raghavan served as President Barack Obama’s liaison to the LGBTQ community, as well as the Asian American & Pacific Islander community. He also worked as the Acting White House Liaison for the Department of Defense and as Outreach Lead for the Pentagon’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Working Group. Raghavan was born in India and raised in the Seattle area. The 2004 Stanford University graduate also recently penned the book, West Wingers: Stories from the Dream Chasers, Change Makers, and Hope Creators Inside the Obama White House -- a collection of stories from his former colleagues who helped run the Obama administration, showcasing a number of former staffers and their reflections from their time in government. “Since joining Congress, Representative Jayapal quickly established herself as a bold, unapologetic, national voice for progressive values. With so much at stake, I can think of no better place to fight for a more just, fair, and prosperous future than at her side,” said Raghavan. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to support her leadership and work with her highly capable and passionate team.” More here.