appointed NRI Sonal Shah as member of the advisory board
Chicago, Nov. 06, 2008
President-elect Barack Obama has appointed NRI Sonal Shah, 40,
as his adviser of a team of 12-member advisory board
and 13 senior staff. She will be a part of a panel comprising individuals,
with significant private and public sector experience who will offer
her expertise in their respective fields to Obama's transition team
Obama's first step is picking names that will run the US administration
Sonal Shah, an eminent economist who heads Google's philanthropic
armworks for their Global Development team, where she is working
on defining their global development strategy. Before joining to
Google.org, she was Vice President at Goldman, Sachs and Co. and
developed and implemented the firm’s environmental strategy.
As the former Associate Director for Economic and National Security
Policy at the Center for American Progress, Sonal worked on trade,
outsourcing and post conflict reconstruction issues.
Prior to joining the Center, she was the Director of Programs
and Operations at the Center for Global Development managing the
daily operations and serving as a strategic adviser to the president.
She also developed and managed policy and advocacy programs for
She had master's in economics from Duke University
Before that she worked for eight years at the Department of Treasury
on various economic issues and regions of the world. She was the
Director of the office covering sub Saharan Africa, worked in Bosnia
and Kosovo after the war, and served as the senior adviser to the
Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary at the Department of Treasury
during the Asian financial crisis
Co-founder of Indicorps:
Indicorps is a non-partisan, non-religious, non-profit organization
that encourages NRIs (non-resident Indians) around the world to
actively participate in India's progress. Indicorps' programs are
designed to build principled leadership, empower visionaries, inspire
collective action, and unite India towards a common vision for the
nation by productively engaging Indians around the world with the
development of the country that defines their identity. Other co-founders
of Indicorps are Sonal’s sister Roopal and brother Anand.
For her great work for community, Atal Bihari Vajpayee had awarded
Shahs Pride of Gujarat award(Guajarat Garima Award) in Vishwa Gujarati
Parivaar Mohatsav 2004, Ahmedabad in presence of Chief Minister
Sonal’s brother Anand Shah had received an award on behalf
of his siblings Sonal and Roopal Shah.
In 2006, Megha Bahree wrote:
India Abroad named her the 'Person of the Year 2003"
His fater from North Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district’s
Gabat village, immigrated to New York in 1970. Sonal along with
her sister, Roopal and mother joined him in 1972. Roopal is a prosecutor
for the U.S. government in San Diego, California.