Chris Lu, Nani Coloretti or Sonal Shah
With Tanden’s nomination falling by the wayside, the Biden administration has only nominated one individual who is an Asian American or Pacific Islander for a Cabinet role with his choice of Katherine Tai as U.S. trade representative.
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and advocacy groups are urging Biden to consider an Asian American or Pacific Islander to replace Tanden, who would have been the first Indian American woman to lead OMB.
Among the names being pushed are Chris Lu, who served as Cabinet secretary during the Obama administration; Nani Coloretti, who was deputy secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama administration; and Sonal Shah, who founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Obama White House and most recently served as national policy director on Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.
Advocates have noted that Asian Americans are the fastest growing demographic group in the United States, making representation in Biden’s Cabinet particularly important.
“I think we put in a lot of effort with Neera’s nomination … At least to have other Asian Americans considered for the role would be helpful for the community,” said Madalene Xuan-Trang Mielke, president of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies.
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