Her appearance in a veil drew attention at a White House press conference, talking about the US President Joe Biden's economic plans.
Samira Fazli, an American attorney and expert in community development finance and deputy director of the National Economic Council in the Biden administration, was previously the co-director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Samira Fadhli is the daughter of Muhammad Yusef Fadhli and Rafiqah Fazli, two doctors who immigrated from the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan to the United States.
Samira graduated from Nichols School in 1996, then obtained her BA in Social Sciences from Harvard University, with honors, and a Doctorate in Law from Yale Law School.
Fadhli started as a lecturer at the Economic and Social Development Unit at Yale Law School and helped establish the Community Development Financial Foundation (CDFI) bank.
She has also worked at ShoreBank, a CDFI bank, a development bank for low-income African American communities, and has recently expanded nationally and internationally.
Later, Fadhili worked for the US Treasury on issues related to crowdfunding institutions, housing finance and small businesses, and was also a senior advisor and chief of staff for the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs.
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She joined the Obama administration as Senior Policy Adviser at the National Economic Council, covering retirement, consumer protection, societal and economic development.
She worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, Georgia, as a co-director of the Economic and Social Development Department.
A career rich with successes
Samira's time at the U.S. Treasury Department helped her in her career, as she worked as a senior political analyst for domestic finance and a primary advisor on international affairs, which marked the height of her career between 2010 and 2011.
She helped design programs that sought to revitalize credit markets in low- and middle-income regions in the wake of the recession from 2011 to 2013.
While on the White House National Economic Council, she worked to strengthen retirement savings protection, with research indicating that middle-class families lose billions of dollars annually due to hidden fees.
Because of her exceptional experience and ideas, former Atlanta Fed Chairman Dennis Lockhart recommended that she be included in the advisory committee as she possesses extensive experience from a very young age.
Fadhli is interested in human rights, and believes that economic development is the path to peace that can only be achieved by meeting human needs, according to the official website of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Fadhli's journey began with a human rights work, where her experience includes working for the World Health Organization and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
She provided aid during her humanitarian tours in Palestine, Kashmir and Pakistan. She is also an activist in the field of religious freedom and international human rights.
Samira Fadel's family hosted by former US President Barack Obama (communication sites)
Samira Fadel grew up in New York State, has a brother and sister. She comes from a family that values hard work, education and community service.
Her sister, human rights lawyer Yusra Fadhli, testified at a hearing in the US Congress in November 2019 regarding the abolition of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Regarding her immigration story, Samira says, "My parents grew up in very humble circumstances, and they were not able to move up the economic ladder, but they were educated."
Samira Fadhli, a wife and mother of 3 children, lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is keen with her husband, a doctor, to volunteer in community activities and training that gives people access to work, decent housing and a decent life.