Kish Rajan

Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development, California

Kish Rajan serves as Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. He brings to the job a 20-year track record of success in both government and the private sector.

After graduating from UC Berkeley, Kish Rajan began his public sector career on Capitol Hill as an aide first to United States Senator Barbara Boxer and then later to Phil Angelides who went on to become California State Treasurer.
Kish left to build a 14 year career in the private sector as a business development executive in the mobile technology arena, managing vital business partnerships that created hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of shareholder value.

While building this successful business career, Kish earned a JD, started a family, and settled back in his hometown of Walnut Creek, CA. In 2008, Kish
re-entered public service when was elected to the Walnut Creek City Council. Drawing on his political and business experience Kish became a regional leader who advocated for transportation improvement, education and economic development.

In 2012, Governor Brown appointed Kish Rajan as the GO-Biz director to lead the executive team. His directive from Governor Brown is to enhance California’s job creation effort by streamlining business regulations, promoting statewide economic development and fostering greater international trade opportunities.

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