Humble Beginnings: I was born in a farmer’s family in a rural village in southern India. While growing up in rural areas, I realized the importance of a higher education, worked hard to pursue my University education and graduated with a degree in Computer Science Engineering. Later I moved to the United States of America during Y2K to fix computer related YR2000 issues, I am sure that a most of you remember those days of uncertainty. “YK came to the US during Y2K.” My parents always believed in helping others, and I learned those same values from them, it gives me great satisfaction when I help others, especially in the community.
About my family: I have been married for 22 years, my wife is also a State employee and a very spiritual person. We are blessed with two daughters, our oldest daughter is attending CalPoly, San Luis Obispo majoring in Computer Science; and our youngest daughter is a sophomore at Vista Del Lago High School, and let’s not forget our little Dharma – she is a rescued dog and the most pampered and spoiled amongst our kids J.
Dedicated to Government Service: I have been a public servant for almost 23 years beginning with the Indian Government, Singapore and with the State of California since 2008. Based on this experience, I have a very good understanding of how the government operates. Currently, I manage Technology Support Operations for Statewide MediCal Health Care Services & Beneficiaries Enrollment by coordinating with all 58 counties in the State. As you can imagine, coordinating with all 58 counties is a highly demanding job, but it gives me immense satisfaction to provide service to over 14 million MediCal beneficiaries in the State. I have been fortunate enough to develop great relationships with senior executives in various State agencies such as CalTrans, Department of Finance, and other State agencies as well as rank-and-file employees through my job which gives me an in-depth professional and personal view of the issues and problems that our citizens face.
Love with Folsom: I visited Folsom in October 2002 on a weekend to attend a friend’s son’s birthday party. After the birthday party on Saturday, my family and I went to look around Folsom, we went to Folsom Lake College, and The Chelsea Ridge new home community attracted my wife . So we came back the next day and placed a deposit on a lot. We came to visit friends in Folsom, and fell in love with this great community during a 2 day weekend. A couple of years later we relocated from the Bay Area after finding a suitable employment opportunities.
Contributions to Folsom Community: In addition to work, I have been actively participating in community service activities in Folsom Schools PTA/PTSO boards, Sober GradNight Volunteer activities at Vista Del Lago High School, helping with 5K/10K runs organized in our region, parks tree planting programs, and many others. During weekends, with help from few other community members, we have been hosting the California State Jobs Awareness Workshops for the last 5 years to share the public-sector job opportunities. As a result of this, several hundreds of people from Folsom and surrounding areas were able to obtain State employment positions.
Besides my State Job, I also currently serve as a Commissioner for Folsom Parks and Recreations Commission. Board Member of the American River Parkway Advisory Board for Sacramento County, and Folsom Community Service Day steering committee member. I have been an active volunteer in several community non-profit organizations for many years.
Vote for YK: Having extensive experience in government operations, and a passion for community service, I have decided to run for Folsom City Council to further impact and improve our overall Folsom livelihood. Most importantly I LOVE FOLSOM. I will work hard to earn your vote and represent your best interests.