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Egyptian-American Dina Powell Joins Trump Team Amid Bipartisan Praise

Ziad Asali, founder and former president of the American Task Force for Palestine, praised the appointment, calling Powell 'smart and knowledgeable.'

Dina Powell named Executive Counselor on Economic Initiatives
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An informal adviser to Ivanka Trump has been named executive counselor on economic initiatives in Donald Trump's White House. Goldman Sachs partner Dina Powell will be leaving the bank to take the role in the Trump administration. Powell is expected to focus on economic issues and policies relating to women and will work with Ivanka Trump and Kushner.

Powell, who was born in Cairo in 1973 and is fluent in Arabic, the only language she knew before her parents immigrated to Texas in 1977, declined to comment. Powell began her career in Washington as an intern for Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson. At 29, Powell became the youngest-ever assistant to the president for presidential personnel, heading up all of the Bush White House's decisions on appointments.

Powell's addition to the White House drew praise from across the political specturm with the likes of Arianna Huffington, Michael Bloomberg and ADL head Jonathan Greenblatt singing her praises on Twitter. Ziad Asali, founder and former president of the American Task Force for Palestine also chimed in saying Powell "is smart, knowledgable and will do a good job."

“We will miss her at Goldman Sachs but know the country will benefit greatly from her deep commitment to creating opportunity and economic growth in communities throughout the United States,” Lloyd C. Blankfein, the bank’s chief executive, said in a statement.