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Indian American Political Activist Shefali Razdan Duggal Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to The Netherlands

Indian American Political Activist Shefali Razdan Duggal Nominated as U.S. Ambassador to The Netherlands

  • She recently served on the National Finance Committee of Joe Biden for President 2020 and also was a national co-chair of Women for Biden.

President Joe Biden has nominated Indian American political activist Shefali Razdan Duggal as ambassador to The Netherlands. The India-born, U.S.-raised Razdan Duggal recently served on the National Finance Committee of Joe Biden for President 2020 and also was a national co-chair of Women for Biden.

A former presidential appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council, she continues to serve as a Western Regional Advisor, according to her website. She is a San Francisco Committee member of Human Rights Watch, a nonprofit, non-governmental human rights organization that investigates abuses, exposes facts and advocates with those in power to create lasting change.

She also serves on the Leadership and Character Council (Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina) and on the National Advisory Board of Inside Washington (Miami University, Oxford Ohio). She previously served on the National Board of Directors for Emily’s List, and as a deputy national finance chair at the Democratic National Committee.

Razdan Duggal was on the National Finance Committee for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, additionally serving as an Obama Victory Trustees Co-Chair and Northern California Finance Committee Member. She has also worked with Senator Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, where she was a member of the campaign’s Northern California Steering Committee and the Women for Hillary Committee. She was also on the Finance Committee for Vice President Kamala Harri‚Äôs campaign for the California attorney general and was a member of her transition team.

In addition, Razdan Duggal was executive director of Indus Women Leaders and was both a graduate and on the advisory board of Emerge California, a political leadership training program for Democratic women. A board member of the Indian American Leadership Initiative, she was on the National Advisory Board of Doctors for America, on the national advisory board of Beyond Bollywood (Smithsonian Museum) and a Senior Advisor for South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA).

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Earlier in her career, she worked as a political analyst at Staton Hughes as well as at the Massachusetts Democratic Party, the New Hampshire Democratic Party and the offices of Sens. Ted Kennedy and Dianne Feinstein. She worked on Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign and was an at-large delegate to the 2000 National Democratic Convention from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

A Kashmiri born in Haridwar, Razdan Duggal moved to the U.S. at a very young age and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, having received a B.S. in Mass Communication, with a minor in Political Science. She then went on to receive her M.A. in Media Ecology from New York University. She lives in San Francisco and is married to Rajat Duggal. The couple has two children.

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