Mike Montgomery is the Executive Director of CALinnovates.
Mike is a veteran strategist with extensive experience working at the local, state and federal levels. Throughout his career, Mike has worked on political, fundraising, legal, public policy and new media issues in both the public and private sectors.
Mike’s work in California began on Governor Gray Davis’s campaign, where he served as the Northern California Finance Director. In this capacity, Mike directed all fundraising efforts throughout the Northern California territory, working as the Governor’s principal campaign advisor in the region.
Following the Governor’s campaign, Mike became the National Finance Director for Newsom for Mayor, where he built Mayor Gavin Newsom’s nationwide fundraising network with bases in Los Angeles, New York, and cities throughout the country.
In addition to his background in politics, Mike has extensive experience crafting solutions to regulatory, political and legal challenges in the private sector.
Mike is a sought-after voice on technology and innovation issues, and has been published in the San Jose Mercury News, the OC Register, Huffington Post, TechZulu and TechWire.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Washington.
Kish Rajan has a 20-year track record of success in government and the private sector.
After graduating from UC Berkeley, he began his public sector career on Capitol Hill as an aide to Senator Barbara Boxer and then later to Phil Angelides who went on to become California State Treasurer.
Kish then built a 14 year career in the private sector as a business development executive in mobile technology managing vital business partnerships that created hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars of shareholder value.
During this time, Kish earned a J.D., started a family, and served a term on the Walnut Creek City Council, becoming a Bay Area regional leader in economic development, transportation planning and advancing technology in government.
In 2012, Kish was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to lead the newly formed Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO Biz). His directive from Governor Brown was to enhance California’s job creation effort by promoting statewide economic development, improving the business climate, and fostering greater international trade. During Kish’s tenure at GO Biz, California grew substantially, once again becoming the world’s 7th largest economy.
In 2015, Kish returned to the private sector to lead advocacy efforts to modernize and grow California’s economy through his role at CALinnovates as its Chief Evangelist.