I am a first generation Indian American who was born in Flushing, New York City, New York. My father is a retired radiologist and mother is a homemaker who arrived from India in the late 70’s. When I was 1, my family actually moved us to Towson, Maryland when my father was doing his Fellowship at University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. After he completed the fellowship a year later, we moved to Grundy, Virginia where 2 years later, my twin sisters were born. Five years later in 1989, my family moved to Summersville, West Virginia where I was raised most of my childhood life. Being that my parents were from India, education is a big priority of which they had instilled in me. I went to public school until 10th grade in WV. Due to the inadequate public education in the state, my parents felt like for me to have better chances, there was no choice but to go to a private school to be challenged on my education.
For my last 2 years of high school, I attended a private co-ed boarding school in Lynchburg, VA at Virginia Episcopal School. This is where my sense of service and community started. My senior year, I went on to be the President of the Science Club where for the first time I started a tutoring program for students by students. Graduating in 2000, I went ahead to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) to graduate in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Information Systems from the Pamplin College of Business with a minor in Computer Science.
As Virginia Tech’s motto, “Ut Prosim” – “That I May Serve”, I continued to serve as a leader of the community on campus from being Director of Technology for the Residence Hall Federation to assisting the creation of and being a webmaster of a non-profit organization called Hokies United in response to the NYC attack of 9/11/2001. We achieved our 2 goals of reuniting the campus as a community and raising $70,000 for the NYC American Red Cross. I later went on to be a Resident Advisor in the residence halls for 2 years and my last 2 years of college, I served in the House of Representatives of Student Government Association where I served as Vice-Chair of the Student Budget Board overseeing the allocations of State of Virginia’s $2 million to student organizations on campus. My last year, I was successful in passing a bill that took care of a dangerous intersection in front of Cassell Coliseum (main entrance to the campus from Southgate) where students were being injured by delivery trucks. 3 months after graduating in August 2005, a round-a-bout was built to protect the students. My last semester, I served as President of the Asian American Student Union that oversaw the different Asian cultural student organizations on campus and started the first celebration of the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month that is nationally set in May in April on campus and still continues to this day. A month before graduating in May, I received the 2nd highest/honored award any student leader ever be bestowed – Outstanding Achievement By An Individual.
I moved to Baltimore, Maryland being offered a job in September 2005 in IT as a sub-contractor to the federal government. A year later, the same agency hired me. In April 2006, I moved to Columbia, MD of Howard County where I have been ever since.
I continued to be a service to my alma mater by being involved in the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Baltimore Chapter that oversees about 4500 alums who live in Baltimore City and counties of Baltimore, Harford, and Howard. I was appointed to be the chapter’s Social Media Coordinator in 2014 and then also Webmaster in 2016 and currently serve in both of those positions today.
I have been involved in supporting Democratic candidate campaigns since 2010 that led me to eventually be the Political Director and then President of the Young Democrats of Howard County. As President, I decided to rebrand the organization and market to the county that we exist to engage the youth in our democratic process of this country. Now serving as President Emeritus of the organization and temporary webmaster, I was honored to have received the Young Democrat of the Year Award, Louis Goldstein Spirit Award, in January 2018 by the Howard County Democratic Central Committee at their annual Unity Dinner.
I would like to continue to serve the community for our Democratic party by serving on our county’s Democratic Central Committee. When elected, I promise that I will help elect candidates from County Council to Register of Wills to State Attorney to Governor to even the President of the United States that will serve my Democratic as well as your values we hold dear from education to environment to gun safety and standing for equity and inclusion. I would like to be there to be one of the 10 voices for everyone of the county for our party. As a guy in IT, I would also like the bridge the gap between IT and Politics. It’s the 21st century and some already do but we need to do more social media and online presence! When elected, I would like to implement a program partnership with our public schools for students interested in IT to get community / intern credit doing social media / website work for us or candidate campaigns. I hope I can count on your vote on June 26, 2018 – Primary Election Day! But even if you cannot vote due to living outside of Howard County or even the state of Maryland, I would appreciate your support!
Help me bring the blue wave into and go across this great state of Maryland!