Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff’s Indian American Staffer Rukku Singla Joins Department of Labor
- Pakistani American Zaina Javaid to be promoted to director of public engagement and policy.
An Indian American staffer is leaving Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff’s office, according to a letter by Chief of Staff Julie Mason, announcing her departure, and outlining other changes. Rukku Singla, Emhoff’s former head of policy, is joining the Labor Department as a policy adviser for the “Good Jobs Initiative.” Within Emhoff’s office, Pakistani American Zaina Javaid will be promoted to director of public engagement and policy, Politico reported.
Singla previously served as a special assistant to the US Commission on Civil Rights and in the Obama administration’s White House presidential-personnel office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in classics from Ohio State University and a law degree from the University of Michigan.
Javaid worked for the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and served in the Interior Department and White House during the Obama administration. Before she was hired in June by Emhoff, she was an account manager at the communications firm Sunshine Sachs. She also worked on Biden’s 2020 inauguration and the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee.
Singla becomes the second Indian American to depart from the second gentleman’s office. Last month, Emhoff’s communications assistant Megha Bhattacharya joined the White House as a press assistant.