Neera Tanden is an American government official and a political consultant. She was a senior staffer on Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the 2008 Democratic nomination. As of 2020, Neera Tanden net worth is estimated to be $3 million.
Tanden was born on September 10, 1970, in Bedford, Massachusetts. She was born to immigrant parents from India. Her parents divorced when she was only five years old. Neera also has a brother named Raj.
Regarding her education, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992. Four years later, she graduated with a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.
Tanden’s political career can be traced back to 1999 where she worked with President Bill Clinton’s campaign on energy policies, health-care reform, and as associate director for domestic policy. She was also a domestic policy advisor in the First Lady’s Office.
From 1999 to 2000, she was a deputy campaign manager and policy director for Hillary Clinton during her senatorial campaign. From 2003 to 2005, she served as Hillary Clinton’s legislative director.
Neera who has been a Clinton loyalist throughout her life became the policy director for Hillary’s unsuccessful bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. She raised a lot of eyebrows that time after she punched a website editor Faiz Shakir for asking Clinton about her Iraq War vote.
In 2016, Neera was an unpaid adviser to Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Had Clinton won the presidency against Republican Candidate Donald Trump Tanden would have worked for a top White House job.
Under the Obama Administration, Tanden worked as a senior adviser to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the Department of Health and Human Services. She has been described as one of the key architects of the Affordable Care Act.
In 2003, Tanden was one of the key members in founding the Center for American Progress. She worked as Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy and also as a Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. In October 2011, she became CAP’s president and CEO.
Tanden now is considered by President-elect Joe Biden as the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. She has to receive Senate approval.
Regarding her personal life, she is married to Benjamin Edwards. He has been able to keep himself out of the political spotlight despite his wife’s position in various governmental areas. Neera and Benjamin got married in 1999. They first met when they were both freshman students at UCLA. Together, they have two children named Alina and Jaden.