The Biden government has appointed a Indo-American climate and energy professional who has used solar energy solutions in rural India for three years to a key position in the Agriculture Department.
Bidisha Bhattacharyya was named Senior Policy Advisor to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) on Monday.
Previously, she was director of climate and energy policy at the Center for American Progress.
Prior to joining American Progress, Ms. Bhattacharyya was Vice President, Emerging Markets at impact investment firm Village Capital, where she led a global team in India, Mexico and East Africa investing in high impact startups that innovate to solve problems in clean to solve energy use and financial inclusion.
Previously, she worked for three years at the technology startup Simpa Networks for the use of solar energy solutions in rural India, where she led the end-to-end introduction of a new off-grid solar product line.
Ms. Bhattacharyya spent four years on Capitol Hill as senior energy and agricultural policy advisor to Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and as assistant to the energy and agricultural legislature for Minnesota Congressman Betty McCollum.
She holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Olaf College.