Picture above - Rishi when serving on the Saratoga Planning Commission
RISHI LEADS BY EXAMPLE The question most asked by Saratogans of Rishi "Where do you find the time? Where do you find the energy"? Rishi leads by example - Rishi has worked on his DeHavilland Circle's neighborhood issues (Neighborhood Safety Watch, "YOUR SPEED IS" sign on Cox, street repaving, annual "Meet your Neighbors" party) - Rishi can seed, launch and innovate new ideas (monthly open-mic, Saratoga's Got Talent, Saratoga Cares Foundation) - Rishi founded and runs SARATOGA CARES FOUNDATION that is working to address local needs in our community (Saratoga Senior Center, Saratoga Education Foundation etc. - Rishi is engaged with community issues (SCA5, Google fibre and many more).
RISHI GETS IT! - Rishi understands financial management in his corporate role as General Manager in high tech, and has delivered successes with many community events; will prove useful on the council - Rishi defines new processes to streamline and build an efficient model; whether a high tech business, or a community cause. The same skills will be applied to city government. - Rishi's events NEVER go in the red; but deliver strong profits that go to local causes. Events such as SARATOGA's GOT TALENT, SARATOGA DIWALI, SARATOGA DANDIA have a great track record - Rishi is a Silicon Valley geek. Rishi understand technology and leverages the right tools for the right solution.
RISHI HAS THE LEADERSHIP TO PRESERVE AND ENHANCE SARATOGA - Rishi founded and launched SARATOGA's GOT TALENT that encourages community inter-mingling and to bring in new foot traffic into the village. - Rishi launched many neighborhood initiatives, including social media/ email collaboration "Virtual Water coolers" to make it a close knit neighborhood; encourage Saratoga's citizens' interactive dialogue. Rishi truly believes in citizen involvement and empowerment- Rishi launched free education/classes for Saratogans (Yoga, meditation, Bollywood fitness etc), launched various community celebrations (Saratoga Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi and more)
RISHI HAS THE CREDENTIALS - Rishi is his neighborhood's representative and continues to work for the DeHavilland Circle neighborhood - Rishi is a former Planning Commissioner, Saratoga - Rishi is a former Board Member of AYSO Soccer Saratoga Region 27 - Rishi is an involved member of the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, managing their social media strategy and has chaired Chamber sponsored events sub-committees (Celebrate Saratoga, Farmers Market, Saratoga Wine Stroll and Holiday Party)
RISHI TAKES A STANCE AND GETS INVOLVED - Rishi takes a stance on local issues, and creates awareness, mediates to forge a solution, builds bridges and encourages involvement by all to do the right thing for Saratoga. - Rishi supports local causes. Rishi has raised money for Saratoga Senior Center, Saratoga Education Foundation, Red Cross Silicon Valley, Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, Bonnie J Adario Lung Cancer Foundation, Saratoga Sub Acute Hospital)
RISHI IS TEN TOES IN - Rishi is completely invested; there is no half-hearted nature to anything he does. - Rishi is the energizer bunny; has the passion and the energy.
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