- She served as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, playing a key role in developing an industrial policy for the administration.
Sameera Fazili, Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and a Deputy Assistant to the President, is leaving her post on Dec. 2, Politico has reported. The Indian American has led the White House’s efforts on trying to fix the supply chain problems that have fueled inflation. Her departure comes just “as the country’s product distribution snags show signs of easing,” Politico notes.
Described as Biden’s top supply chain adviser, she has played a key role in developing an industrial policy for the administration, as well as in passing the CHIPS and Science Act. As the leader of the White House’s Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force, she was instrumental in ways to improve the flow of goods during last year’s holiday season.
Ronnie Chatterji, who is currently the White House lead on the implementation of the CHIPS Act, and is moving into the role of acting deputy director of NEC will take over Fazili’s industrial policy portfolio along with deputy NEC director Celeste Drake, who leads labor policy for the White House, Politico reported, quoting a White House spokesperson.
Fazili, a Buffalo native, is the daughter of Dr. Mohammad Yusuf Fazili and Dr. Rafiqa Fazili, who immigrated to the U.S. from Kashmir. Before joining the White House, she worked for more than seven years at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, where she served as the Director of Engagement for Community and Economic Development.
Before joining the Atlanta Fed, Fazili served as a senior policy adviser at the White House’s National Economic Council where she covered retirement, consumer finance, and community and economic development.
Previously, she worked at the Treasury Department on issues of domestic policy ranging from community development financial institutions (CDFIs) to housing finance to small business finance, and then as a senior adviser to the undersecretary for international affairs where she served as chief of staff.
Before her time in government, Fazili was a clinical lecturer at Yale Law School’s community and economic development clinic, where she helped start a CDFI bank and a local anti-foreclosure initiative, and expanded the clinic’s work to international microfinance, according to her White House profile. She received her law degree from Yale Law School and her bachelor of arts in social studies from Harvard College.