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The Biden Foundation Brings on Two Obama White House Experts

Gautam Raghavan, Former LGBTQ Liaison, and Lynn Rosenthal, Former Violence Against Women Advisor, Join The Biden Foundation.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden Foundation, created to build on the Bidens’ long-standing work in areas such as violence against women, cancer, community colleges and equality, today announced that they have added two former White House advisors to their growing staff.

Gautam Raghavan, former White House LGBTQ Liaison, will help guide the Foundation’s work on its equality pillar, and Lynn Rosenthal, former White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, will serve as policy director for the ending violence against women pillar.

“We are thrilled to have Gautam and Lynn join the team,” former Vice President Biden said. “Their unique expertise and leadership in advancing equality and protecting women will guide the Foundation’s educational and public policy programming to pursue greater protection and opportunity for all Americans.”

Most recently Raghavan served as Vice President of Policy for the Gill Foundation, where he managed multi-million dollar investments to secure federal and state-level policies that ensure a level playing field for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Americans.

Prior to that role, he served as President Barack Obama’s liaison to the LGBTQ community as well as the Asian American & Pacific Islander community. In this role, Raghavan directed White House outreach to these communities on a broad range of issues including marriage equality, workplace nondiscrimination, transgender rights, bullying prevention, immigration reform, hate violence, and access to health care.

Lynn Rosenthal served as the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women from 2009-2015. As a senior advisor to Vice President Biden, Lynn developed new initiatives to address sexual violence, reduce domestic violence homicides and improve the workplace response to violence against women. She co-chaired the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on behalf of Vice President Biden and was the key advisor on the report’s recommendations.

Prior to the White House, Lynn served as the executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence where she represented state domestic violence coalitions in Congress and worked closely with corporate leaders to develop funding initiatives addressing violence against women. She has served as the executive director of state domestic violence coalitions in Florida and New Mexico and as a consultant in Florida working to improve housing options for domestic violence survivors.

Raghavan and Rosenthal join a growing Foundation staff, including: Louisa Terrell, Executive Director; Mala Adiga, Director for Higher Education and Military Families; Greg Simon, Director of the Biden Cancer Initiative; Danielle Carnival, Deputy Director of the Biden Cancer Initiative; Katie Collins, Policy Associate; and Lucy Moore, Special Assistant.

The Biden Foundation is incorporated in Delaware and an operating 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and is eligible to accept tax-deductible contributions for its educational and charitable purposes. The Foundation is funded by donations. The Biden Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

For up to date information about the Biden Foundation, visit: bidenfoundation.org.

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