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Back at Foggy Bottom: Biden Nominates Richard Verma as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources

Back at Foggy Bottom: Biden Nominates Richard Verma as Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources

  • If confirmed, the former U.S. ambassador to India would be the highest-ranking Indian American at the State Department.

President Joe Biden has nominated former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma to be Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources. If confirmed, the 54-year-old would be the highest-ranking Indian American in the State Department.

Verma currently serves as the General Counsel and Head of Global Public Policy for Mastercard. In this role, he oversees the company’s law and policy functions in the U.S. and around the world.

This May, he was appointed to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. The board assists the president by providing him with an independent source of advice on the effectiveness with which the Intelligence Community is meeting the nation’s intelligence needs and the vigor and insight with which the community plans for the future, according to a White House press release.

As the U.S. Ambassador to India, he led one of the largest U.S. diplomatic missions and championed historic progress in bilateral ties, the White House said.

Verma served as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs during the Obama administration, and as the former National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader. He was also a member of the Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism Commission led by former Senators Graham and Talent and a co-author of their landmark report “World at Risk.”

In the private sector, he was a partner at Steptoe & Johnson for many years and is the former Vice Chairman of The Asia Group, a leading global consulting firm.

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A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Verma has received several military awards and civilian decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal and the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award. He was a member of the WMD and Terrorism Commission, and he currently serves on several boards including the Ford Foundation, Lehigh University and the National Endowment for Democracy.

He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and he holds multiple academic degrees, including his doctorate (Ph.D.) from Georgetown University and his law degree (J.D.) from American University.

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