INNOVATING...FOR SERVICES CHEAPER, FASTER, BETTER FOR SARATOGA #SaratogaFirst
BIO (pictures at rishikumar.com/pics)
Rishi's professional experience is a nexus of high-tech, public, private, non-profit, policy-making and the world of politics. Rishi is a hi-tech Silicon Valley executive and a public servant, serving his city of Saratoga as a councilmember. Councilmember Rishi Kumar of Saratoga seeks to apply the hi-tech framework to city government and offer services that are cheaper, faster and better for his community. His political leadership involves being on the board of a few California and national political groups. Rishi work full time in Silicon Valley hi-tech as Vice President of Vertical Strategies at Solix Technologies, a software company that offers a Big Data, Analytics solution to various industry verticals. He is a former IBMer. Rishi's success in Silicon valley stems not only from his love for cutting-edge technology, business/sales/technology leadership, but also from his ability to network, develop relationships with industry, political leaders and advocacy groups and formulate successful partnerships. Innovating is what Rishi likes to do on a daily basis.
As Silicon Valley’s community organizer, Rishi is host of many community efforts/ community events, many of which are free and always inclusive usually addressing a need or a cause like the Unity in Community Day, Entrepreneurship bootcamp for the youth, Bike Safety workshop for 5th graders, Saratoga Creek cleanup, raising money for Saratoga Senior center and many more. Rishi made the news recently has he launched his re-election campaign for being the first politician in California to accept cryptocurrencies. Rishi holds a Master degree from the University of Connecticut in Mechanical Engineering.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZER: As Saratoga’s community organizer, Rishi is host of many efforts/ community events in Saratoga, many of which are free and always inclusive usually addressing a need or a cause that primarily fall under 5 core categories 1. Youth Technology and Leadership 2. Helping a social cause/need, give-back 3. Citizen and neighborhood engagement/ building awareness 4. Health/Wellness/Spiritual 5. Cultural Celebrations, intermingling opportunities Rishi organizes community events such as: YOUTH TECHNOLOGY/LEADERSHIP: Lego Robotics Club, Young Coders club, Young Debate Academy, How to win at the Intel Science Fair. Internship opportunities for the youth BUILDING A CONNECTED COMMUNITY: Launching neighborhood safety watch, Safe Saratoga Forum, Saratoga Creek cleanup SOCIAL AWARENESS: College Apps Demystified Seminar, Innovative approaches to residential water conservation, Bike Safety workshop(for elementary/middle school kids), documentary screenings for social awareness, SOCIAL CAUSE: Saratoga has Talent annual competition raising money for Saratoga’s Seniors, Drought Tolerant Vegetation Seminar, CULTURAL/ COMMUNITY: Monthly open mic running since 2010. Diwali, Dandia HEALTH/WELLNESS/SPIRITUAL: Meditation, Yoga and more. A detailed list of community events can be found at www.RishiKumar.com/events
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To all my friends, supporters, neighbors, community members/leader - I truly appreciate you being part of this journey. I couldn't do this without you. Thank you for your support! - Rishi Kumar