AAPI Victory Alliance Applauds White House Nomination of Dr. Arati Prabhakar to Lead Office of Science and Technology Policy

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WASHINGTON — Moments ago, the White House announced President Joe Biden’s intent to nominate Dr. Arati Prabhakar to lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a role that the President elevated to Cabinet-level for the first time.

AAPI Victory Alliance Executive Director Varun Nikore issued the following statement:

“I’m proud to lead AAPI Victory Alliance in congratulating Dr. Arati Prabhakar on this historic nomination. It’s incredible to see the President nominate Dr. Prabhakar to be the first woman, first person of color, and the first immigrant to lead OSTP as we observe Immigrant Heritage Month this June.

“Dr. Prabhakar has been a trailblazer in every aspect of her career, from being the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology to being the first woman to lead NIST, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and then later was appointed to run the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Our country is only starting to rover from the pandemic, so we know the country is in good hands under her leadership.

“We applaud the President for continuing to diversify his cabinet with Dr. Prabhakar’s nomination. AAPI Victory Alliance has been working with our partners to ensure the Administration upholds values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in staffing the federal government, so we’re pleased to see the President respond by nominating the most diverse slate of appointees in history.”


AAPI Victory Alliance works to build Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) political power across the country by providing education on progressive issues; creating and advocating for policies that affect our communities; and building alliances with organizations to help AAPIs exert their power and be the margin of victory at the local, state, and national levels.


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