Sonal Shah joins Obama administration

Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah  

Houston: Indian-American Sonal Shah, who formerly led the philanthropic arm of Google, has been appointed head of the new Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Obama administration.

Members of President Obama’s transition team had proposed creating an Office of Social Innovation to promote government efforts to help innovative non-profit groups and social entrepreneurs expand successful approaches to tackle pressing social problems. Widely recognised as a leading voice on global development, Ms. Shah was a member of the Obama transition project’s advisory board and co-chair of a transition group that made recommendations about technology and innovation, including innovation in civil society.

Ms. Shah’s appointment to the transition team was challenged by two Indo-American groups who alleged that she had ties with the VHP and Gujarat government in India. — PTI

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