Indian-American Maju Varghese has been appointed as the deputy assistant to United States President Joe Biden as well as director of the White House Military Office.
A lawyer by training, Varghese previously served as the chief operating officer of the Biden campaign during the 2020 presidential election and was executive director of the inaugural committee.
"The primaries, the general, the inaugural. Grateful for the journey, for great teammates and the history we made together. Honoured to serve the country and the President. Proud to walk through those gates again and to take my family, their story and their hopes with me," Varghese tweeted after his appointment.
The White House Military Office (WHMO) is a department within the White House Office that provides military support for White House functions, including food service, presidential transportation, medical support, emergency medical services and hospitality services. The WHMO Director also oversees all military operations aboard Air Force One on Presidential missions worldwide.
Varghese was born in the US to parents who immigrated from Thiruvalla, Kerala and has a bachelor's degree in political science and economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.