Indian-American Neera Tanden, senior advisor to President Biden spoke about her life in politics at an event hosted by Yale College Democrats, Yale’s South Asian Society and The Politic at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
A Yale law graduate, Tanden spoke about how politics has changed since she began her career as well as the importance of role models and representation, a Yale news report said.
Born to Indian immigrants, Tanden began her political career volunteering on Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign in 1988. Since then she has been closely associated with top Democrat leadership, and has played a key roles in Bill Clinton's campaign in 1992 and Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency in 2016.
Prior to taking on the role as senior advisor to President Biden, Tanden worked in former President Barack Obama’s administration. She also founded the Center for American Progress in 2003, later serving as its president and CEO in 2011.
Speaking about the significance of the event, co-president of SAS Kirin Mueller said, "As a South Asian person and someone who is interested in politics, it was amazing to hear from her as someone who has had this experience. I didn’t grow up with a lot of role models in politics and law."
Logan George, who attended the event, shared with the Yale News “I was inspired to see a woman of color working towards progressive change and enjoyed her unapologetic attitude about fighting against people who create barriers for that change.”
In a statement, the organizers of the event commented, “Tanden has forged such an important path in politics, and we are all inspired by her impressive career, her advocacy for progressive policies, and her dedication to helping Democratic presidents improve conditions for American families — all while breaking down barriers for Indian-American women interested in public service.”