John M. Becker

White House Names New Liaison to LGBT Community

Filed By John M. Becker | November 16, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Aditi Hardikar, Barack Obama, Gautam Raghavan, Obama administration, White House

aditi-hardikar.jpgThe Obama administration announced last week that Aditi Hardikar is the new White House liaison to the LGBT community, replacing Gautam Raghavan, who left in September to become vice president of policy at the Gill Foundation.

The Washington Blade reports:

According to the White House, she has served most recently as director of the LGBT Leadership Council at the Democratic National Committee, where she raised money and mobilized community leaders around Democratic issues.

Other roles for Hardikar include working as LGBT finance director for the Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2013 and as deputy director of LGBT Voter Outreach and LGBT Finance for the 2012 Obama-Biden President Campaign.

According to the White House, Hardikar also planned events and organized progressive young Americans for the Campus Progress team at the Center for American Progress.

Raghavan applauded Hardikar's appointment:

"Aditi has served President Obama for many years -- including on his 2012 campaign and at the DNC -- with distinction, integrity, and grace," Raghavan said. "She will bring fresh energy and perspective to the position and its portfolio. I also think it's worth noting that she will be the first woman of color to serve as the White House LGBT Liaison -- reflecting the talent and diversity of the LGBT movement as well as this president's administration."

Human Rights Campaign spokesperson Stephen Peters said that HRC is "thrilled" by Hardikar's appointment and looks forward to working with her.

In addition to her role as primary liaison to the LGBT community, Hardikar will also serve as the White House's liaison to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community.

Photo: White House.

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