Sameera Fazili First Hijabi to Address White House Press Briefing

History was made yesterday at the White House with Samira Fazeli becoming the first Muslim woman to participate in the press briefing while donning hijab.

The US President Joe Biden appointed Sameera, who originally hailed from India’s Kashmir, as Deputy Director, National Economic Council at the White House in January, 2021, Ummid reported.

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“A proud moment. Sameera Fazili, the first American Muslim woman to breif the press at White House. She is the deputy director of the National Economic Council. I hope the French government learn a lesson in democracy and respecting diversity. #hijab”, Nihad Awad, Chief of CAIR wrote on Twitter.

“HISTORY was made in the White House yesterday! Sameera Fazili became the first member of the Executive Brand to address the White House Press Corps during a White House press briefing on behalf of the Administration while proudly wearing her hijab”, Wisconsin Muslim Civic Alliance wrote on its official Twitter handle @WisMuslimVoters.

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In the Obama-Biden administration, Fazili served as a senior policy advisor on the White House’s National Economic Council and as a senior advisor at the US Treasury Department in both Domestic Finance and International Affairs.

Prior to that, she was a clinical lecturer of law at Yale Law School. Originally from Buffalo, she now lives in Georgia with her husband and three children. Fazili is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College.