Kamala Harris picks Sri Lankan-American Rohini Kosoglu as policy adviser

US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has picked Sri Lankan-American Rohini Kosoglu to be her domestic policy adviser, Nikkei Asia reported yesterday.

It said Kosoglu, whose parents are from Jaffna, served as Harris’ chief of staff for her Senate office and later for her presidential campaign.

In the latter position, she managed and oversaw debate preparation, policy, communications, and operations for a team with over three-hundred staff with a USD 40 million budget, according to her biography on the Harvard University Kennedy School, where she is a resident fellow at the Institute of Politics.

She was the first South Asian American woman to serve as Chief of Staff in the US Senate. Originally from New Jersey, Kosoglu is a graduate of the University of Michigan and George Washington University and is a mother of three.

“Serving as my domestic policy adviser will be Rohini Kosoglu, who is not only an expert on some of the most important issues facing the American people, but also one of my closest and most trusted aides from the Senate and presidential campaign,” Harris said in a statement.

Harris also announced Thursday that she has chosen Hartina Flournoy, who currently serves as chief of staff to former President Bill Clinton, to be her chief of staff, and veteran diplomat Nancy McEldowney to be her national security adviser. McEldowney was ambassador to Bulgaria.