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Mala Adiga


Director for Higher Education and Military Families, Biden Foundation, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Grinnell College; M.P.H., University of Minnesota; J.D., University of Chicago. Professor Adiga is the Biden Foundation's director for higher education and military families. Previously...

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B.A., Grinnell College; M.P.H., University of Minnesota; J.D., University of Chicago. Professor Adiga is the Biden Foundation's director for higher education and military families. Previously she served in the U.S. Department of State as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and in the Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large. In her role as DAS, she oversaw a wide range of international educational programs, including Fulbright and Gilman Programs. Before these positions at the State Department, Professor Adiga served as Director for Human Rights in the National Security Staff's (NSS) Multilateral and Human Rights Directorate at the White House. Prior to joining NSS, she was an attorney at the Department of Justice, where she served as Counsel to the Associate Attorney General. Before entering government service, Professor Adiga worked for the Obama presidential campaign for nearly two years. Prior to the campaign, she worked as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and then clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon in the Northern District of Indiana. Professor Adiga earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a B.A. in Spanish.

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