WASHINGTON (TIP): The US Senate has confirmed Indian-American civil rights lawyer Seema Nanda as the solicitor for the Department of Labor. A former CEO of the Democratic National Committee who also served in the Department of Labor during the Obama Administration, Nanda, 48, was confirmed by the Senate with 53-46 votes on Wednesday, July 14.
Nanda served as chief of staff, deputy chief of staff and deputy solicitor at the US Department of Labor in the Obama-Biden administration. Earlier, she spent over 15 years in various roles as a labor and employment attorney, mostly in government service. Nanda led the now named Office of Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the US Justice Department‘s Civil Rights Division where she served as a supervisor attorney in the Division of Advice at the National Labor Relations Board and worked as an associate in private practice in Seattle. After the Obama-Biden administration, Nanda led the Democratic National Committee as the CEO and served as the COO and executive vice president at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.Nanda is presently a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program. She grew up in Connecticut and is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School.