According to a White House announcement Pradhan has a BA from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science in Nepal and an MBA from the IIT.
She is currently the Executive Officer of the Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs at the Iowa Department of Human Rights, a position she has held since 2013.
From 2010 to 2013, Pradhan served as Resettlement Director at Catholic Charities of Des Moines, Iowa. She was previously the Employment Coordinator of Lutheran Services of Iowa's Refugee Cooperative Services from 2009 to 2010.
From 2007 to 2008, Pradhan was Marketing Coordinator at Principal Financial Group. She has served on numerous volunteer and community organizations, including as Commissioner of the West Des Moines Human Rights Commission and as a Member of the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Diversity and Inclusion Council. Pradhan also serves on the Advisory Board for the Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Centre.