Long-term political ally was among the best fundraisers for the Biden-Harris ticket
President Joe Biden will appoint Native American Erik Ramanathan, a longtime political ally and fundraiser to serve as ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, the White House announced on Wednesday.
Ramanathan, who is politically appointed, is chairman of the board of a non-profit health organization, Heluna Health, which serves more than 80 million Americans with over 500 programs that address the health of the population and the resilience of society.
These include maternal and child health, nutrition, literacy, supportive housing, infectious diseases, substance abuse and front lines, and supportive efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
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He was previously executive director of the Harvard Law School program for the legal profession, following his role as senior vice president – General Counsel for ImClone Systems, a public biotechnology company, according to a White House statement.
Ramanathan has also played major leadership roles on the non-profit boards of the New Politics Leadership Academy, Shady Hill School and Immigration Equality.
Earlier in his career, he was a healthcare lawyer at Proskauer Rose LLP. Ramanathan received a BA from Johns Hopkins University and a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School.
He has been a LGBTQ + community leader for more than three decades and has received awards including the Global Vision Award for service to LGBTQ + and HIV + immigrant and asylum communities.
Ramanathan, according to Politico, wanted Biden to run for president in 2016. He has served on the national finance committees of Biden for president and on the Democratic National Committee, according to his LinkedIn.
“If it is confirmed, I look forward to working with a talented team of diplomats to build on our deep and reverent friendship with Sweden,” he said in a statement.
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“I will work to promote our partnership in areas such as trade, investment, defense and human rights, while strengthening cooperation on the many challenges we face together, from the Covid-19 pandemic to the climate crisis.”
Ramanathan joins a record 40 plus Indian Americans working in the Biden-Harris administration. In addition to Vice President Kamala Harris, the team includes Vivek Murthy, who is serving his second term as ‘America’s Doctor’, and Vinay Reddy as Biden’s speechwriter.
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