I am a licensed clinical psychologist and I operate my own private practice in Concord, CA. I turned my lifelong joy of helping others into my profession, and I have worked in the mental health field for three decades. There is a saying that if you find joy in your work you will never work a day in your life, and I have found that to be true.
I am also an immigrant, I came to this country from my native India over 30 years ago and embarked on what we call the American Dream. After many years of sacrifice and hard work, I am now privileged to operate a network of well-recognized assisted living facilities across Northern and Central California.
However, in my success I have never lost sight of what is truly important about my job, and I take ensuring the well-being and happiness of those I am trusted in caring for very seriously. In addition, I still make time to offer free services to the most vulnerable in our community, such as veterans with PTSD, substance abusers, the homeless, and survivors of domestic violence.
Serving the Community
I am very proud to live in a place like the Bay Area that is home to such a great representation of the so-called “Great American Melting Pot”. About 15 years ago I created the annual Spring Festival, which takes place in Todo Santos Plaza near my home in Concord, to provide a space for us to share our unique heritage. I have also served on the Contra Costa Interfaith Council. Our communities benefit immensely any time that we can find a way to discover the unity in our diversity.
I have had several other opportunities to serve my community that I am proud of. Since its inception, I have been in a position of providing oversight for Concord’s use of revenues generated by a half cent sales tax increase that city voters approved several years ago. Our elected officials must never forget that taxes are generated by the people that put them in office.
Why I'm Running
I chose to run for state government because for many years now I have been disheartened by what I have observed from today’s political machine. It is a blessing that the Bay Area is such as prosperous place, but many times we fail to take notice of those in our communities who don’t share that blessing, and unfortunately most of our elected officials don’t seem to either.
I ask for your support in the November 8th because I have seen the problems and holes in our social safety nets, and other shortcomings of our state government in my experience as a mental health professional, and I want to be a part of real solutions. I am reminded of a saying that one must “light a candle” rather than “curse the darkness”, and that is what I wish to do as your governor of California.