She earns $10,000 or about Rs 4.65 lakh each month but that makes Sonal Shah, a Deputy Assistant to US President Barack Obama and the Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, the highest paid Indian-American in the White House, according to salary details released by the White House on Friday.
Shah is among the seniormost Indian-Americans in the Administration and she came to the White House from Google, where she headed global development for the Silicon Valley giant’s philanthropic arm. Sheh had a tested track record in the non-profit sector having helmed Indicorps and led Godman Sachs’ environmental strategy.
Shah leads a group of 14 Indian-Americans in the White House when it comes to getting paid by the Administration.
While these amounts may not appear particularly impressive to this group of Indian-Americans, many from elite US universities, a tenure at the White House or even the Administration is considered a step towards a strong political and professional future. And since most of them are in their 30s and 40s, they could expect higher positions (and possibly more money) in the future.
Surprisingly, the highest paid within the White House are actually two “detailees”, or employees of another federal agency who have been assigned to the White House. These are Michael Hash and Timothy Love, both making $179,700 annually. Overall, the White House listed 469 employees (down by 18 since a year ago) with the combined annual salary bill coming to $38.7 million.
Their boss, meanwhile, does not figure in the list of White House employees, but the US President makes $400,000 per year.