August 3, 2022

Indian-American energy expert lands key job in US Department of Agriculture

Washington D.C.: The Biden administration has appointed an Indian-American climate and energy expert, who spent three years deploying solar power solutions in rural India, to a key position in the agriculture department .

Bidisha Bhattacharyya was appointed senior policy adviser at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) on Monday.

She was previously appointed director of climate and energy policy at the Center for American Progress.

Prior to joining American Progress, Bhattacharyya was Vice President of Emerging Markets at impact investment firm Village Capital, where she led a global team in India, Mexico and East Africa investing in startups. high-impact organizations that were innovating to solve clean energy problems. deployment and financial inclusion.

Previously, she spent three years deploying solar power solutions in rural India with tech startup Simpa Networks, where she led the end-to-end deployment of a new range of off-grid solar products.

Bhattacharyya spent four years on Capitol Hill as a senior energy and agriculture policy adviser to Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and as an energy and agriculture legislative aide to Congresswoman Betty McCollum of Minnesota.

She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. She holds a BA in Economics from St Olaf College.

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