Climate expert Bidisha Bhattacharyya appointed to Farm Service Agency



For overlooking the responsibilities of the agriculture department of the country, the office of Biden has announced an Indian American climate and energy expert.

On Monday, February 22, the White House appointed Bidisha Bhattacharyya as Senior Policy Advisor in the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Bhattacharyya has spent three years deploying solar energy solutions in rural India, giving her the ideal experience and know-how to implement sensible policies eco-friendly policies for a sustainable future.

She was earlier posted as Director of Climate and Energy Policy at the Centre for American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, Bhattacharyya was vice president of Emerging Markets at the impact-investment firm Village Capital, where she led a global team across India, Mexico, and East Africa to invest in high-impact startups innovating to solve problems across clean energy deployment and financial inclusion.

She previously spent three years deploying solar energy solutions in rural India with the technology startup Simpa Networks, where she led the end-to-end rollout of a new off-grid solar product line.

Bhattacharyya spent four years on Capitol Hill as Senior Energy and Agriculture Policy Adviser to Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and as Energy and Agriculture Legislative Assistant for Congressman Betty McCollum of Minnesota.

She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St Olaf College.