Gautam Raghavan to take charge as Chief of Staff to Rep. Pramila Jayapal

WASHINGTON: The Indian American Impact Project and Impact Fund (“IMPACT”) announced the forthcoming departure of the organization’s founding executive director, Gautam Raghavan, who will become Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the first Indian American woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. A former Obama White House official and political consultant, Raghavan led IMPACT through a historic election cycle in which an unprecedented number of Indian Americans ran for office at the federal, state, and level. He will continue to serve on IMPACT’s boards of directors.

“As our founding executive director, Gautam has worked tirelessly to raise the visibility of our organization, our community, and our leaders,” said Raj Goyle, co-founder of IMPACT and chair of the Impact Project. “While we’re sad to lose him, we are thrilled that he will be a top advisor to Congresswoman Jayapal, one of the most prominent Indian Americans in elected office today. This kind of talent pipeline is why IMPACT exists.”

“Under Gautam’s leadership, Impact Fund endorsed over 20 candidates and deployed more funds for Indian American candidates than any political organization in history,” said Deepak Raj, co-founder of IMPACT and chair of the Impact Fund. “We thank him for his hard work and look forward to building on this momentum to help even more candidates run, win, and lead in 2019, 2020, and years to come.”

“I am grateful to Raj, Deepak, and our board members for the opportunity to lead this organization and for their smart counsel and thoughtful guidance,” added Raghavan, “Now, more than ever, we must continue building political power in the Indian American community and in other immigrant communities and communities of color. I’m excited to help partner in that work from the halls of Congress.”

Over the coming weeks, IMPACT’s boards of directors will conduct an extensive search for a new executive director. Interested applicants should email for more information.

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