CAPAC Chair Statement on Nomination of Arati Prabhakar to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Jun 21, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Today, President Biden announced the historic nomination of Dr. Arati Prabhakar to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), as well as serve as science advisor to the President. Upon confirmation, Dr.Prabhakar would be the first woman, person of color and immigrant to serve in this role. Rep. Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), issued the following statement: 

“Today’s announcement on the nomination of Dr. Arati Prabhakar to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) is incredibly exciting news  and I am also thrilled to see a South Asian American woman joining the President’s Cabinet. Dr. Prabhakar, a talented physicist and engineer, is well-equipped to help our nation solve current and emerging scientific challenges. When she is confirmed, she will be the first woman, immigrant and person of color to serve in this role, making this nomination not just a phenomenal choice, but one of historical significance as well. As the Chair of CAPAC, I look forward to continuing the caucus’ close work with OSTP under Dr. Prabhakar’s leadership on issues related to targeting of Asian American researchers, as well as ways to streamline the federal grant application process. I continue to applaud President Biden’s commitment to diversifying the Administration with highly qualified and talented individuals, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act swiftly on her confirmation."