"WHERE DO YOU FIND THE TIME" the most often asked question of Rishi ANSWER: On the iphone? MEET RISHI: CHECK OUT HIS LEADERSHIP PROFILE & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Here is a snapshot of Rishi's community work:
- Rishi is a conscientious community leader, a strategic thinker, decision maker and consensus builder. Rishi has launched and led various community initiatives, unifying, resolving, delivering consistent successes; strong financial success with every event.
- A former Planning Commissioner, City of Saratoga (As part of the planning commission, Rishi worked on Fence Ordinance, Housing Element, Magazine Rack Ordinance, Blight Ordinance, St Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church project - amongst others)
He has demonstrated leadership with neighborhood issues @Saratoga DeHavilland Circle (SDC) Neighborhood:
Led the formation of a Neighborhood Safety Watch program that involved 11 block captions for 11 zones, and a Neighborhood Preparedness Committee.
Worked with Saratoga Public Works to address neighborhood wants (Neighborhood signs, "YOUR SPEED IS" sign on Cox, Repaving of SDC neighborhood streets and many more).
Launched social media collaboration platform for Saratoga and SDC neighborhood (Email group + Facebook etc)
Launched an annual SDC "Meet your Neighbors” party to foster a wider and deeper friendship circle amongst neighbors
President: Roma Ridge Home Owners Association, Novi, MI
- Rishi takes a stance on local issues, and creates awareness, mediates for resolution, builds bridges and encourages involvement by all. Rishi has launched many email groups, facebook groups, which have become the "water cooler" of the community - a gathering place where issues get discussed and information garnered to make decisions.
SCA5/ Proposition 209 (do not support)
Highway 85 expansion (do not support)
Google high speed fiber to Saratoga (very much support)
- Rishi has founded and runs a monthly open mic SARATOGA's GOT TALENT @ Blue Rock Shoot, Saratoga - towards community inter-mingling and to bring in new foot-traffic into the village. - Rishi founded the Saratoga Lego Robotics club - to encourage Saratoga's kids interest in robotics, ensuring the success by building a team mentor program - Rishi is invested in the support of Seniors and the kids of Saratoga. Rishi works hard for local issues.
As the Chair of SARATOGA CARES FOUNDATION whose charter is to support Saratoga’s seniors and children, Rishi and his volunteer team raised $19,000+ for Saratoga Senior Center in 2012 as part of the SARATOGA's GOT TALENT ANNUAL COMPETITION held at Saratoga's Community Center.
The SARATOGA's GOT TALENT team has also entertained the seniors at their weekly Wednesday lunch (an hour of rocking entertainment).
In 2013, SARATOGA's GOT TALENT ANNUAL COMPETITION 2013 (held at McAfee Center, Saratoga) donated $2500 each to Saratoga Senior Center and Saratoga Education Foundation.
Rishi initiated and ran a PHILLIPINES TYPHOON RELIEF fund (12/2013) and donated $1,000+ to Silicon Valley RED CROSS
- Rishi has launched various free education classes for Saratoga (Fitness classes, language class, Yoga, Meditation and more)
- Rishi is an involved member of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, managing their social media strategy and execution of the outreach into Saratoga
- OTHER VOLUNTARY ROLES
Coach, FLL Lego Robotics
Math Docent Instructor (Argonaut Elementary)
American Math Contest Instructor (Argonaut Elementary)
-Campaign Manager to City Council Elections; ran ethical and forthright campaigns. An appointed member of the Regents Selection Advisory Committee in making selections of Regents of the University of California. Rishi's term expires Nov 2016.
- Rishi initiated and led community events/festivals: Saratoga's Got Bollywood (monthly open-mic), Ganesh Chaturthi, Saratoga Diwali,Saratoga Dandia (Dancing with sticks), New Year, Gudi Padwa, Onam, Janmashtami, Saraswati Puja, Puthandu, Vishu, Vaisakhi, Nabo Barsho, Ugadi. _
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