Parag Mehta

Parag Mehta

Parag Mehta is a strategist who has worked in government, politics and community advocacy for the past 15 years. He currently serves as Chief of Staff to the United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy. Prior to that, he spent four years, directing communications for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, a civil rights agency in the U.S. Department of Labor.

In 2008, Mehta served on President Obama’s Transition Team as a liaison to both the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans. He later managed former Governor Gary Locke’s confirmation to become U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

From 2005-2008, Mehta worked for the Democratic National Committee during the four most successful election cycles in the modern history of the Party. He served as the DNC’s Training Director, leading campaign workshops for organizers in all 50 states and headed the Party’s external communications during the 2008 general election.

In 2004 Mehta served as Deputy Political Director of America Votes, a coalition of the largest progressive organizations in the country. Before that, he worked on the game-changing presidential campaign of former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and on the U.S. Senate campaign of former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk.  Mehta began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders shortly after it was established by President Clinton in 1999.

Parag Mehta is a second-generation Indian American from Central Texas who holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His parents are very proud… that he is working for a doctor.