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Obama appoints Indian American to key post

world Updated: Feb 07, 2009 10:01 IST

US President Barack Obama has appointed Indian-American Nicholas Rathod, who was part of his 15-member transition team, to a key White House post.

Rathod, 33, will serve as Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. He worked as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama-Biden Transition Project earlier.

Two other Deputy Associate Directors of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs -- Jodi Archambault Gillette and Michael Blake – were also announced on Friday.

"These individuals bring diverse experiences and a deep passion for public service to my administration," Obama said, adding: "I am confident that Jodi, Michael and Nick will be valuable members of our team."

As one of the co-founders of South Asian for Obama (SAFO), Rathod played a leading role in mobilising Indian American community for the Democrat during the presidential polls.

Rathod also worked as Deputy Director of Federal Affairs Office for Governor David Paterson (NY) and Senior Manager of State and Regional Affairs for the Center for American Progress.