Mehta Appointment

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Aug. 8 that Sejal Mehta, a former New York prosecutor, was named to the state's Arts Council. Mehta is the wife of Indian American state Sen. Jay Chaudhuri. ( photo)

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper recently announced 25 appointments to boards and commissions, including naming Indian American Sejal Mehta to the state's Arts Council.

Mehta, of Raleigh, is a contract attorney for the Duke Energy Corporation and also currently serves on the Raleigh Little Theater Board of Directors.

Prior to her current position, she served on the board of directors and fiction staff of the Raleigh Review.

Mehta earned her film education from New York University and has helped produce several short films and commercials. Additionally, the Indian American holds a juris doctorate degree from the Northeastern University School of Law.

In total, the governor named eight people to the Arts Council, as well as one each to the State Health Plan for Teachers and State Employees board of trustees and the state’s board of CPA examiners, two to the State Property Tax Commission, three to the state’s Local Government Commission, five to both the North Carolina Railroad Board of Directors and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

“I appreciate that North Carolinians from a variety of walks of life have agreed to help our state by serving on these boards and commissions,” Gov. Cooper said in a statement.

Mehta, who previously served in New York as a prosecutor in Queens, is also the wife of North Carolina state Sen. Jay Chaudhuri.

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