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February Dinner Series: Working on Capitol Hill

  • Wednesday, February 25, 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thunder Grill, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts NE
Interested in working on Capitol Hill? There are a number of exciting opportunities on the Hill, but obtaining that coveted Hill position requires a lot of persistence and energy. So how does one get that first hill job? What kind of background does one need? What are the roles and responsibilities of legislative counsel and other hill staff? 

Please join us for dinner as our dinner guests, Milan Dalal, Senior Economic Advisor to Senator Mark Warner, Ayesha Khanna, Chief Counsel to Senator Harry Reid, Moh Sharma, Policy Advisor for the House Democratic Caucus, and Aruna Kalyanam, staff with the House Committee on Ways and Means, discuss these topics, life on the Hill, and much more.

When: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 7 PM.
Where: Thunder Grill, Union Station, 50 Massachusetts NE

Please RSVP to Rahul Das at by noon on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.


Milan Dalal is Senior Economic Advisor to Senator Mark Warner (D-Virginia) and Staff Director of the Senate Banking Committee’s Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investments, serving as the senator’s principal counsel on financial services, tax, and trade issues. He previously worked for Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-New York) as Legislative Director.

Prior to joining the Hill, Mr. Dalal practiced law in Boston, where he worked with entrepreneurs and companies engaging in venture capital investments. He is a member of the Atlantic Council and a Truman National Security partner.

Ayesha Khanna currently serves as Chief Counsel to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. Prior to joining the Leader's office, Ayesha was International Trade Counsel to the Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee. She also has served as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the US Department of Commerce and as an associate at an international trade law firm. Ayesha received her BA in Economics from the University of California, Riverside and her JD from The George Washington University Law School.

Moh Sharma is currently a Policy Advisor for the House Democratic Caucus under Chair Xavier Becerra. She was previously an APAICS Fellow and then a Legislative Aide for Office of Congresswoman Judy Chu and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). 

Moh received her B.A. (Hons.) and M.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut, M.S. in Global Affairs from NYU, andJ.D. from CUNY School of Law. Moh is currently the President of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association (CAPASA), a General Director for the South Asian Bar Association of D.C. and on the board of the Congressional South Asian American Staff Association. 

Aruna Kalyanam is Democratic Tax Counsel, House Committee on Ways and Means and Democratic Staff Director, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. She has been on staff with the House Committee on Ways and Means since 2001. Her work is focused primarily on Federal tax policy, including health care and pension tax issues, as well as issues regarding the Federal budget. Ms. Kalyanam’s areas of expertise include individual taxation, economic development taxation, and energy taxation. She has worked on a number of important pieces of legislation during her time with the Committee, including the American Taxpayer Relief Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Ms. Kalyanam has also worked for Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction Member Xavier Becerra. Prior to joining the Committee, Ms. Kalyanam started working on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY).

Ms. Kalyanam is a graduate of the Washington College of Law at American University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.


Our goal is to address the needs and concerns of the South Asian American legal community in Washington, D.C. while providing our members with the knowledge and support necessary to reach their personal and professional goals.

You can find us here:

South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

P.O. Box 65349
Washington, D.C. 20035

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