President-elect Joe Biden announced that Vanita Gupta will serve as his Associate Attorney General.
Gupta, who served in the Obama-Biden administration in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, will become the first Indian American in a such a role in the Department of Justice.
Currently serving as President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Vanita Gupta has dedicated her career to protecting and advancing democracy and the civil rights of all Americans. From October 2014 to January 2017, Gupta served as Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division — the chief civil rights prosecutor for the United States. In this role, Gupta led critical efforts to reform our criminal justice system, including investigating the Ferguson, Baltimore, and Chicago police departments, prosecuting hate crimes, protecting disability and LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, and fighting discrimination in education, housing, lending, and employment.
Prior to her time in the Justice Department, Gupta was a staff attorney at the ACLU, ultimately becoming the Deputy Legal Director and the Director of the Center for Justice. While at the ACLU, Gupta led the Smart Justice Campaign aimed at ending mass incarceration. She started her legal career as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, where she successfully led the effort to overturn the wrongful drug convictions of 38 individuals in Tulia, Texas, who were ultimately pardoned by then-Governor Rick Perry.
Gupta graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law. She is married to Chinh Q. Le, legal director of the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, and has two young sons.