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Occupations: Huang is a financial/business consultant, Mahajan an internist and health services researcher.
Known for: Their recent appointment (along with 13 other men and women) by President Obama to serve as prestigious White House Fellows–an honor “based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one’s career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government” (maybe you’ve heard of a couple other White House Fellows, like Colin Powell and Wesley Clark).
Perhaps what makes these appointments even more remarkable are the respective journeys that Huang and Mahajan have taken en route to Pennsylvania Ave. Huang, who arrived in the U.S. at age 10, was placed in 5th grade without knowing a word of English; he decided to memorize a 100 words a day out of the dictionary until he was rocking 10th grade AP English, ultimately moving on to obtain degrees in Economics and Business at Stanford and Harvard, and become the youngest-ever Managing Director at Intel. Mahajan was clearly born to multitask; he obtained a public policy degree from Brown before earning his M.D. there, completed a Master’s in public health at Harvard while researching low-cost monitoring strategies for HIV therapy and characterizing the response of the private sector to AIDS in southern Africa, and has been serving a 2-year stint as an LA neighborhood council member while working as an internist at UCLA medical center.
Wow. Um, we love overachievers and all, but this is ridiculous.