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Shamina Singh

She is new envoy to Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2003 18:52 IST

An Indian American has been named by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as advisor for her Leadership Office.

Shamina Singh will serve as an envoy to the Asian and Pacific Islander American communities and as a liaison to the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the India Caucus.

"This is the first time that a leadership office of the U.S. Congress has placed such a high priority on issues facing Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and I will work hard to build strong relationships between the Congress and our communities," Singh, whose portfolio will also include healthcare and labour issues, told IANS.

A native of Southern Virginia, Singh is a graduate of Old Dominion University and holds a masters degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Singh is the daughter of two highly visible social and political activists - Jagdish and Amarjit Singh - Sikhs who migrated from India
about 30 years ago.

It is no wonder that Singh, influenced by the leadership qualities in her parents, entered politics even while a student. She worked in the Clinton administration, first as congressional liaison for healthcare at the U.S. Department of Labour, then as executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Singh has served as deputy campaign manager for a US Senate campaign in Texas. She has also held positions with the Service Employees International Union and Governor Ann Richards of Texas.

Besides her, Pelosi announced that Howard Moon, an Asian American, would serve as floor assistant. Moon will help coordinate the scheduling of legislative business and advises Democratic members of Congress and their staff on floor strategy and parliamentary procedures.

"Shamina and Howard bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Leadership Office," said Pelosi. "They represent a community whose perspectives are so important to the work we do each day for hardworking Americans."

First Published: Apr 25, 2003 18:52 IST