Aditi Sehgal Shah

Department of State

2023 fellow

For more than fifteen years, Aditi Sehgal Shah has worked with multiple federal agencies as a labor and employment litigation attorney, working on a variety of personnel issues from transgender discrimination to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Shah began her government career as a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General’s Honor Attorney with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Working with law enforcement paved the way for Ms. Shah to work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). At ATF, she served as the Deputy Associate Chief Counsel for the Management Division assisting in managing day-to-day operations of the division and overseeing ATF’s performance management, employee relations, and ethics programs. Ms. Shah then worked for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). While at DHS, Ms. Shah provided daily legal advice to the DHS pandemic response team on issues including COVID-19 testing and vaccines, constitutional legal research, policy development, and compliance with the ever-changing landscape of Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance and laws. Ms. Shah currently works for the Department of State on the Global Talent Management’s Grievance Staff. As a grievance attorney, Ms. Shah investigates and makes recommendations concerning the resolution of grievances filed by both Foreign and Civil Service employees.

An event planner at heart, Ms. Shah routinely organizes events for the workforce in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Month as well as Diversity Day. She has previously served as Secretary of the DOJ Pan Asia Board as well as a Co-Special Emphasis Program Manager for Asian American and Pacific Islanders at ATF. Ms. Shah also assisted in the planning and organizing of a DHS-wide Labor and Employment Law Conference.

Ms. Shah has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Rutgers University and a law degree from the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Fl. As a White House Fellow, she will work with OMB’s Performance and Personnel Management Team.


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