Gagribal Girl Goes To White House As Joe Biden Aide

US President-elect Joe Biden has picked a young Kashmir born lady as one of the key functionary in his White House’s Digital Strategy Team. Her name is Aisha Shah and she is the daughter of a Kashmiri mother.

Aisha Shah, one of the members of the digital strategy team in Joe Biden administration.

Ms Shah would be the Partnerships Manager at the White House Office of Digital Strategy, which would be headed by Rob Flaherty, Director of Digital Strategy, according to an announcement by the Biden transition team.

“Communications professional with a demonstrated history of working in the social impact, arts & culture, & education sectors. Skilled in Branding & Identity, Communication, & Event Management,” is how Ms Shah describes herself on social media.

Ms Shah has previously worked as a digital partnerships manager in the Biden-Harris Campaign. Currently, she serves as an advancement specialist for the Smithsonian Institution. Before that Ms Shah ha worked as an assistant manager on the Corporate Fund of the John F Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts, according to reports appearing in the media.

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“Shah also served as a strategic communications specialist at Buoy, an integrated marketing firm that specialises in social impact communications, as well as spitfire strategies, where she enabled non-profits to use pop culture as a tool for social change,” one report said.

Aisha Shah was born in Kashmir and raised in Louisiana. She is the daughter of Aamir Shah, a doctor, and Elfie. People who knew the family in Louisiana said the family belongs to Gagribal in Srinagar. They have emigrated to the US in 1993.

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Ms Shah belongs to one of the illustrious Srinagar families who have immensely contributed to education. She is said to be the granddaughter of Syed Ahmad Shah, who was popular as Shamji. He retired from Jammu and Kashmir as DIG in 1982 and later served BSF for a short period. Shamji was the elder brother of Dr Naseer Ahmad Shah. The other siblings of the Karnah’s family include Mehmooda Ahmad Ali Shah, Barkat Begum.

“Shamji had two daughters, one was married to a doctor in Magharmal Bagh another married a doctor in Hyderabad,” one resident who knew both the sisters said.

Ms Shah is the daughter of the elder of two sisters whose nickname was Elfie, a student of Convent Presentation. “The fact is that she is half Kashmiri and half Hyderabadi,” one non-resident Kashmir who lives in the US said. Ms Shah’s father’s name is Dr Aamir Shah.


(inputs from Kashmir life)

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