US President Joe Biden on December 20 announced his intent to appoint commissioners to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Four Indian American civic leaders are among those named by the White House.
The Commission will advise the president on ways the public, private, and non-profit sectors can work together to advance equity and opportunity for every Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community.
We’re thrilled to welcome our new commissioners of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. We look forward to their leadership to help advance equity, justice & opportunity for AA & NHPI communities. https://t.co/DDuldbPy3g— White House AANHPI (@WHIAANHPI) December 21, 2021
Indian Americans Ajay Bhutoria, Kamal Kalsi, Sonal Shah, and Smita Shah among 23 leaders to be appointed as commissioners to the US President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders: White House— ANI (@ANI) December 20, 2021
Ajay Jain Bhutoria, a Silicon Valley based delegate for US President Joe Biden is one of the four Indian American commissioners to be appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans.
Mr. Nandan Jha, General Secretary, Gandhi Mandela Foundation congratulated Mr. Ajay for being one of the four commissioners to be appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans.
On behalf of #Gandhimandelafoundation, Congratulations to @JoeBiden Delegate @ajainb for being appointed as a part of @POTUS Advisory Commission. Best wishes for future endeavours. https://t.co/MkaNTt34hW…— Nandan Jha (@Nandan_Jha4) January 3, 2022
Ajay Bhutoria is a Silicon Valley Technology Executive, an influential National Community Leader, Speaker, Author, and recipient of several awards for his contributions both within the United States and globally; with over 25 years of experience driving global change in domestic politics, foreign relations, and the innovative technology industry. His decades of broad-based international leadership and long-term global government-business relationships have helped him harness the power of revolutionary technology to create real economic and societal impacts.
Mr. Bhutoria is a national leader and passionate advocate for the South Asian and greater Asian-American Pacific Islander community. He served as a leader on the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) National Leadership Council for Biden 2020 (previously for Hillary 2016). In that capacity, he engaged in outreach to the AAPI community and organized events focused on AAPI issues.
In addition to the work done for the AAPI National Leadership Council for Biden 2020, Mr. Bhutoria has co-organized local advocacy for minorities, disenfranchised veterans, women, and homeless Americans.
Mr. Bhutoria has hosted events between US Congressman and India’s elected officials to forge stronger relationships between the US and India. He has worked with India’s elected officials to forge California-India relations in order to expand political, cultural, and economic ties between the State of California and India. Additionally, he has authored several papers on South Asian geopolitics on issues regarding India-Pakistan, India-China, India-Nepal, India-Sri Lanka across both US and South Asian media.
For his service to the community, Mr. Bhutoria has received the President Obama Volunteer Life-Time Achievement Award for Community Services; California State Assembly Outstanding Community Leadership and Service Award; the Asian American Pacific Leadership Heritage Award; South Asian Global Leadership Award; and the California State Assembly Community Hero Award three times. Abroad, he has received the NRI Power Podium Award, Community Leadership Award from the Delhi Government, and The Times of India Global Achiever Award.
The Commission is also charged with advising the President on policies to address anti-Asian xenophobia and violence, ways to build capacity in AANHPI communities through federal grant making and policies to address the intersectional barriers that AANHPI women, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities face. The Commission will include civic leaders from across the country and will reflect the rich diversity of AANHPI communities across the United States.