Obama Again Rewards His Indo-American Homie “Kumar” By Nominating Him To A Key Arts Post


WASHINGTON – U.S.President Barack Obama hasnominated popular Indian-American actor and formerWhite House staffer Kal Pennfor a key administration post ofmember of the President’s Committeeon the Arts and the Humanities.The announcement camefor The Namesake fame actor,who served in the White Houseduring the Obama’s first termand played a key role in his reelectioncampaign last year, inparticular attracting the youth inthe run-up to the polls.Born in New Jersey asKalpen Suresh Modi, Penn is anactor, writer and producer, whoshot to fame with the Haroldand Kumar film series.From 2009 to 2011 he wasan Associate Director of theOffice of Public Engagementwith the Obama Administration,serving as liaison to YoungAmericans, the Arts, and AsianAmerican and Pacific Islandercommunities.Before joining the WhiteHouse, he worked as an artist anactor in Los Angeles and NewYork, and was also an AdjunctLecturer in Asian AmericanStudies, Film Studies, and Sociologyat the University of Pennsylvania.He served as a member ofthe Obama for America NationalArts Policy Committee in 2008and as a National Campaign Co-Chair in 2012.Penn received his Bachelorsin Arts from the University ofCalifornia, Los Angeles.“These fine public servantsbring both a depth of experienceand tremendous dedicationto their new roles.