The U.S. Senate recently confirmed the nominations by President Barack Obama of two Indian Americans: Deepa Gupta, of Illinois, as a member of the National Council on the Arts for a term expiring Sept. 3, 2016; and Anuj Chang Desai, of Wisconsin, as a member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission for the term expiring Sept. 30 this year (2012).
Gupta is a program officer for Media, Culture and Special Initiatives at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, where she manages the Foundation’s grant making in arts and culture in Chicago and the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
She previously served as a senior associate at McKinsey and Company. She is a board member of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois and an advisory board member of the Cure JM Foundation.
Gupta earned her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has an A.B. in Public Policy and Biology from the University of Chicago.
Desai , who teaches in both the University of Wisconsin Law School and the School of Library and Information Studies, has also taught as a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China, the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, and the National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.
Before joining the University of Wisconsin faculty in 2001, Desai practiced law at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP