Indian American joins President Biden’s energy department


The Biden administration has appointed an Indian American among many to its energy department, earlier this week.

Arpita Bhattacharyya, is one of the latest additions to the team. Her responsibility will be to help advance President Joe Biden’s ambitious ‘build back better’ agenda to combat climate change, create good-paying jobs, and win the clean energy future for all Americans.

Bhattacharyya, who most recently led strategic projects at Impossible Foods, a food and beverage company that made meat from plants, and worked to bring low-emission food technology to market is to join the team as chief of staff, office of the deputy secretary.

Bhattacharyya, who is one of several Indian Americans selected by the Biden administration for leadership roles, has previously worked at SunPower, a leading renewables company in San Francisco, developing commercial solar projects for Fortune 500 companies and later leading the channel project development and finance team.

She has also worked closely with the US and international governments on collaborative climate partnerships at the Center for American Progress.

She is a resident of San Francisco Bay area and holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA degree from Carleton College. She also has had published work on environment and climate change.

Announcing the new appointments department of energy chief of staff, Tarik Shah, said in a statement: “DOE is thrilled to welcome these extraordinary individuals who are committed to championing climate solutions and delivering on President Biden’s promise of a more prosperous, equitable clean energy future. Their talent and innovative spirit are invaluable to our success and making our clean energy future a reality.”