US President Barack Obama nominated three Indian-Americans to the 14-member advisory commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). It was nominated on 24 April 2014.
The Indian-Americans include
• US Air Force officer Lieutenant Colonel, Ravi Chaudhary
• Prominent community leader Shekar Narasimhan
• Popular film and television actor Maulik Pancholy
Ravi Chaudhary is an Air Force officer, currently serving as Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
Narasimhan is also a co-founder of the Emergent Institute in Bangalore, a nonprofit institution training entrepreneurs to build social ventures.
Stage actor, Pancholy is widely known for playing the role of Jonathan for six seasons on NBC's award-winning series 30 Rock. Pancholy is active with a number of non-profit and social policy organisations such as Asian-Americans Advancing Justice and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
About Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs)
The Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Initiative was an executive order signed by the President Barack Obama in 2009. The Initiative works to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs where they remain underserved.
What: nominated for AAPI
When: 24 April 2014