President Biden announces key nominees

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WASHINGTON – Today, President Biden announced his intention to appoint the following individuals to serve as key leaders in his administration:

  • Robert Godec, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Vinay Singh, Candidate for Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
  • Kalpana Kotagal, candidate for the position of commissioner at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Robert Godec, candidate for the post of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Thailand

Robert F. Godec, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of career minister, is currently the senior coordinator for Afghanistan in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration at the US State Department. Previously, he served as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs. He previously served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs. Previously, Godec was Deputy Commander and International Affairs Advisor at the National War College. He served as United States Ambassador to Kenya from 2013 to 2019. Godec also served as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya in 2012. Prior to his assignment in Nairobi, Godec was the Deputy Senior Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the Department’s Office of Counterterrorism. of state. Previously, he served as United States Ambassador to Tunisia. Godec also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and Deputy Coordinator for Iraq Transition. He served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the United States Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa. His other positions include Economic Counselor at the US Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; Deputy Director of the Thailand and Burma Bureau in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs; and Director of Southeast Asia Affairs in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

A member of the Foreign Service since 1985, Godec holds a master’s degree from Yale University, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. He is the recipient of two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, numerous Senior Performance Awards and a Distinguished Honor Award. He speaks French and German.

Vinay Singh, Candidate for Chief Financial Officer, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Vinay Singh, CPA, is currently a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), helping agency teams achieve organizational efficiencies to better serve small businesses in our communities. Singh has 25 years of private sector leadership experience with a deep understanding of finance, analytics and strategy.

Prior to his role at SBA, Singh was Partner and COO for the Infrastructure practice at KPMG in India. As a senior member of the leadership team, he led several organizational transformation projects, leveraging technology to improve profitability and decision-making. As a senior account partner of the World Bank Group, he has supported global sustainable development projects focused on addressing urban and rural issues in housing, water, energy, and economic development. Previously, Singh served in the Obama-Biden administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary (US Field). He has played a key role in directing trade and investment policies and advocacy efforts aimed at improving market conditions for American businesses. During his early years as a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Project Management Professional (PMP), Singh helped several companies improve their operational and financial performance. He holds an MBA from Widener University.

Kalpana Kotagal, candidate for the position of commissioner at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Kalpana Kotagal is a partner at Cohen Milstein, a member of the firm’s Civil Rights and Employment Practice Group and co-chair of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee. She is co-author of the founding legal model “Inclusion Rider”. Kotagal is a diversity, equity and inclusion expert, and represents disenfranchised individuals in employment and civil rights litigation involving issues related to Title VII, Equal Pay Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Fair Labor. Standards Act.

Kotagal was a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School and was named “Employment Law MVP” by Law360 in 2018, recognizing the five most influential labor lawyers in the United States. Kotagal sits on the board of the A Better Balance and Public Justice Foundation. She is Co-Chair of the Alumni Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a member of the American Constitution Society’s Task Force on #MeToo in the Legal Profession, and serves on the advisory board of the People’s Parity Project. . The daughter of Indian immigrants, Kotagal received her BS and an AB, with honors, from Stanford University and her JD, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Kotagal clerked for the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

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