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NRI Pulse Staff Report
Washington DC, March 15, 2022: President Joe Biden earlier this week announced his intent to nominate Indian-American activist Shefali Razdan Duggal as US Ambassador to the Netherlands.
Razdan Duggal, an immigrant to the United States from Kashmir, India, is an experienced political activist, women’s rights advocate, and human rights campaigner.
Razdan Duggal is a former Presidential Appointee to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council, and continues to serve as a Western Regional Advisor.
She is a San Francisco Committee member of Human Rights Watch, a member of the Wake Forest University Leadership and Character Council, and served on the National Board of Directors for Emily’s List.
Razdan Duggal is the recipient of numerous civic awards, including being recognized with the Western Regional Leadership Award by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, as a Community Hero by the California State Assembly, and as one of the Most Powerful Women in California by the National Diversity Council. She served National Co-Chair of Women for Biden, and as a Deputy National Finance Chair at the Democratic National Committee.
She has previously worked on Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama’s campaigns. She was also on the Finance Committee for the Kamala Harris for California Attorney General Campaign and was a member of her Transition Team.
In addition, Razdan Duggal was Executive Director of Indus Women Leaders (a national South Asian women’s organization) and was both a graduate and on the Advisory Board of Emerge California (a political leadership training program for Democratic women). She was also a Board Member of the Indian American Leadership Initiative (an organization focused on promoting South Asian political participation) and on the National Advisory Board of Doctors for America. She was also on the National Advisory Board of Beyond Bollywood (Smithsonian Museum) and a Senior Advisor for South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA).
Razdan Duggal was born in Haridwar, Uttar Pradesh, and moved with her family to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at age two. She then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio at age five, where she grew up and graduated from Sycamore High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from Miami University of Ohio and a Master of Arts degree in Media Ecology from New York University.
Razdan Duggal lives in San Francisco and is married to Rajat Duggal. She has two children.