Barack Obama, the President of the United States has nominated former White House staffer and famous Indian-American actor Kal Penn for a key administration post of member of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
The Namesake fame actor served in the White House during the President’s first term and played an important role last year in his re-election campaign, particularly in attracting the youth in the run-up to the polls.
Penn who is a producer, writer and actor was born in New Jersey as Kalpen Suresh Modi. He shot to fame with the film series Harold and Kumar.
He was an Associate Director with the Obama Administration’s Office of Public Engagement, serving as liaison to the Arts, Young Americans, and Pacific Islander and Asian American communities.
Prior to joining the White House, he worked as an actor and an artist in New York and Los Angeles and was also an Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology, Asian American Studies and Film Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
He served as a member of the Obama in 2008 for America National Arts Policy Committee and in 2012 as a National Campaign Co-Chair.
Penn received his Bachelors in Arts from Los Angeles’ University of California.
As he announced seven key administration posts, Obama said that these fine public servants bring both a tremendous dedication and a depth of experience to their new roles.
He added that the nation will be well-served by these women and men, and he is looking forward to work with them in the months and years to come.
As an actor, Kal Penn is famous for his role as Dr. Lawrence Kutner on House – a television drama series, also as Kumar Patel from the film series, Harold and Kumar.
He is also recognized for his performance in Mira Nair’s critically acclaimed film, The Namesake.
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