Eminent Indian-American lawyer Preeta Bansal, who served as an adviser to Barack Obama's successful presidential campaign before serving in his administration, has been appointed by the U.S. President to a key post.

Ms. Bansal (46), a Harvard law graduate, was one of the two persons appointed by Mr. Obama as members of the Advisory Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, said the White House.

“I am proud to appoint such impressive individuals to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this administration,” said Mr. Obama.

A rising Democratic star, Ms. Bansal served as the General Counsel and Senior Policy Adviser for the Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2011. In that capacity, she was also a government member of the Council of the Administrative Conference, serving as Vice-Chair from 2010 until 2011.

She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Bansal had earlier served as an adviser to Mr. Obama's presidential campaign in 2008.

She is a former Solicitor General of the State of New York and a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. From 2003 to 2009, while in private law practice, Ms. Bansal also was a Commissioner of the bipartisan United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, serving as its Chair from 2004 to 2005.

The White House statement also announced the appointment of Boris Bershteyn along with Ms. Bansal.

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