Shekar Narasimhan appointed
the new Co- Chairs for the DNC's Indo-American Leadership Council.
- March,26, 2007: Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard
Dean today announced the appointment of the new Co- Chairs for
the DNC's Indo-American Leadership Council. Shekar Narasimhan,
of Dunn Loring, VA, and Dr. Mahinder Tak of Bethesda, MD will
serve as National Co-Chairs, while Sunita Gupta Leeds, of Washington,
DC, will serve as Advisory Board Chair. All three have been
appointed by Chairman Dean to lead the Council through the 2008
'Under their leadership, the Indo-American Leadership Council
will no doubt continue the great tradition begun by outgoing
Chair Ramesh Kapur and have a tremendous impact on helping elect
a Democratic President and Democrats up and down the ballot
in 2008,' Dean said.
of Dunn Loring, VA
Shekar Narasimhan is a banker and CEO of a public company based
out of Dunn Loring, VA. He is the father of S R Sidarth, who was
in news during last year's Congressional elections after Virginia
Republican Senator George Allen made an alleged racial jibe at him.
During a rally, Allen called Sidarth, a volunteer for his opponent
Democrat James Webb, a "macaca", which could mean a type
of monkey. The remark sparked an outrage, leading to an apology
from Allen who subsequently lost his re-election bid.
Shekar helped mobilize the Indian-American community, both in Virginia
and nationally, to help elect Jim Webb and secure a Democratic majority
in the Senate.
Shekar is also actively involved with the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple,
one of the largest Hindu temples in the country, and is the Founding
Chair of the Campaign for Affordable Housing.