Washington, DC: President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have appointed Indian-American Maju Varghese, who steered their campaign, to be the executive director of their inauguration – the swearing-in ceremony and the festivities around it.
The announcement makes Varghese the fifth Indian-American to be appointed to an important position by Biden and Harris. Earlier, Biden had formally announced the appointment of Neera Tanden as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Varghese played an important part in the successful Biden-Harris campaign as its chief operating officer and as a senior adviser to the former Vice President. He ran the logistics for the nationwide, multi-million-dollar effort to elect Biden, mobilizing tens of thousands of staff and volunteers.
He had worked for former President Barack Obama as his special assistant and deputy director of advance, a position in which he worked on organizing his travel in the US and abroad.
One of those assignments was organizing Obama’s 2015 historic trip to India for the Republic Day celebrations.
Varghese later became assistant to the President for administration and management and oversaw the White House complex.
His parents immigrated from Thiruvalla, Kerala, to the US, where he was born, and is a lawyer by training.
The inauguration of Biden as President and Harris as Vice President is slated to take place on 20 January 2021, as mandated by the constitution when they will formally take over the offices.
Tony Allen, who was named the CEO of the inauguration committee, said: “This year’s inauguration will look different amid the pandemic, but we will honor the American inaugural traditions and engage Americans across the country while keeping everybody healthy and safe.”