Dr. Sampat Shivangi of Ridgeland, Miss., recently took over as president of the Indian American Forum for Political Education, one of the oldest national Indian American associations.
The IAFPE was founded in 1982 as a bipartisan liaison with Democratic and Republican national committees. The name Indian American as it is used now originated and was popularized in earlier years by the IAFPE.
Shivangi has been serving the Indian American community in various capacities for more than two decades. He recently served as advisor to the U.S. Health and Human Services, a White House appointment.
He was the first Asian American member of the Mississippi state Board of Health and is now serving as a member of the state Board of Mental Health, an appointment by Gov. Haley Barbour.
He was the founding president of the Mississippi chapter of the National American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.
Shivangi was instrumental in obtaining one of the first Congress grants to study Diabetes Mellitus amongst Indian Americans.
He has also been in the forefront in lobbying Congress and the White House to enhance India-U.S. relations and has received many distinguished awards and recognition, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He has continued his efforts even in India, where he has started elementary and primary schools, a cultural center, an Indian Medical Association clinic and computer lab for a college in his home state Karnataka.