Council Member Rishi Kumar

Rishi Kumar 2019

Rishi Kumar

Council Member

Phone: 408.805.5993
Email Rishi Kumar
Term Ends: December 2022

Council Member Rishi Kumar is serving his 2nd term on the City Council.  His priorities are to enhance Saratoga's quality of life and nurture a thriving family-oriented community. Rishi has applied the hi-tech innovation framework of “cheaper, faster, and better” to resolve community challenges. He believes in being bold and fearless with a citizen-centric approach.

Rishi's professional experience is a nexus of hi-tech, public, private, and non-profit. Rishi works full-time in the Silicon Valley hi-tech industry and is a former IBM veteran. He holds a Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Connecticut. 
Rishi helped develop over 50 Neighborhood Safety Watch programs, held over 100 neighborhood meetings, and encourages neighbors to connect and adopt innovative approaches to reducing Saratoga crime. Rishi created an app to allow citizens to easily send rate increase protest emails to the CPUC. Innovating is what Rishi likes to do daily.

Rishi is currently a Board member on: National League of Cities Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials, California League of Cities API Caucus, California Democratic Party API Caucus. Rishi is also on the Executive Board Member of the California Democratic Party and a Democratic Party Delegate. 
Rishi communicates with residents through his “Incredible Saratoga” monthly newsletter. He runs several resident committees, including Safe Saratoga Citizens and Silicon Valley Water Oversight, and Silicon Valley STEM programs, such as the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Lego Robotics Club and many other efforts. Rishi has been running an open mic in Saratoga since 2010 to provide Silicon Valley residents an opportunity to intermingle towards building a stronger connected community.

Rishi loves college hoops and the UCONN Huskies.
Council Member Kumar considers public service to be an honor and is privileged to serve. Email is the best way to reach him, he loves hearing from and being responsive to citizens.