The Lamorinda Democratic Club's next meeting on Friday, May 10, (please note the special night) will feature Kish Rajan, Director of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development.
The club's meeting will be held at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, in Lafayette. The club's social hour will begin at 7:00 p.m., with a business meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge at the door to help the club cover meeting expenses. As part of the club business meeting prior to Kish Rajan's presentation, the club will hold its annual officer elections for the 2013-14 year.
Kish has a 20-year track record of success in both government and the private sector. During his talk, Kish will discuss his work with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). It was created by Governor Jerry Brown to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, Kish 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. 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.