Mala Adiga: Policy Director for Jill Biden

Jan/05/2022 / by Swarnendu Biswas
Mala Adiga
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Mala Adiga has achieved the coveted distinction of being appointed by the US President Joe Biden as the Policy Director for his wife, Jill Biden. At the time of that appointment of Mala, Joe Biden was President-Elect. News on Mala Adiga informs that she was a Senior Adviser to Jill Biden and Senior Policy Adviser for Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign.

According to the US Department of State’s website, Mala Adiga is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs. In this official capacity, she is responsible for overseeing a wide range of international educational programs, which includes the Fulbright and Gilman Programs.  

She also had the distinction of working for the Biden Foundation as Director for Higher Education and Military Families. If one were to ask what is the profession of Mala Adiga it would be appropriate to say that she is a lawyer and a policy advisor.

About Mala Adiga

Mala, whose father Dr. Ramesh Adiga migrated to the US after completing his medical education, was born in the US.

She began her career in law as a Litigation Associate way back in 2002. Mala is not new to working in high echelons of administration. During Obama’s tenure, she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programmes at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She worked in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues as Chief of Staff and Senior Adviser to the Ambassador-at-Large.

According to the biography of Mala Adiga given on the US State Department website, she also worked for the Obama’s Presidential campaign for close to two years. That was before she entered government service.

Mala also worked in the National Security Staff’s (NSS) Multilateral and Human Rights Directorate as Director for Human Rights.  Prior to that tenure, she served as Counsel to the Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice.


What is Mala Adiga known for?

She is most known for her role as Senior Policy Adviser for Joe Biden’s 2020 Presidential campaign and being the Policy Director of the President’s wife, Jill Biden.

From where did she study?

She did her graduation from Grinnell College in 1993, with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, continued her higher education by earning a Master’s degree in public health from University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from University of Chicago Law School, in 2002.

How old is Mala Adiga?

She was born in 1973. The age of Mala Adiga is 48 years.

Where was Mala Adiga born?

She was born in Illinois, the US.

Is she Indian?

No, she is an US citizen, born to Indian parents. One can informally describe her as Indian-American.

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