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Mala Adiga
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Term of Appointment: 01/19/2016 to present

Mala Adiga is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs, responsible for overseeing a wide range of international educational programs, including the Fulbright and Gilman Programs. Previously she served in the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large. Before this position, DAS Adiga served as Director for Human Rights in the National Security Staff’s (NSS) Multilateral and Human Rights Directorate. Prior to joining NSS, she was an attorney at the Department of Justice, where she served as Counsel to the Associate Attorney General. Before entering government service, DAS Adiga volunteered and then worked for the Obama presidential campaign for nearly two years. Prior to the campaign, she worked as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago and then clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Philip Simon in the Northern District of Indiana. Mala earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a B.A. in Spanish.