October 26th, 2011
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1st Indian American to head US think tank

neera-tandenWashington: Neera Tanden, would be the first Indian American to head the major American think-tank – Center for American Progress, which is based at Washington DC. Tanden will succeed the founder and president of CAP, John Podesta, President Clinton’s former chief of staff and the head of President Obama’s transition team.

41 year old Tanden played a significant role in developing President Obama’s healthcare reform proposals — the Affordable Care Act — during her tenure in the Obama administration. She was not only a senior Obama administration official but also a close associate of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“My focus will be on creating policy solutions, not just for 2012, but for 2013 and 2020. While CAP will remain engaged in the day to day fights, we must also ensure we’re developing policy solutions on the nation’s most pressing problem — spurring economic growth now and for years to come, developing a national security strategy that fits the constrained budget we face, ensuring the American dream is alive and well for our children,” she said.

“Answering those bigger national challenges is what CAP is best at. We have never been about just changing the conversation. We want to change the country for the better,” she added.


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