Vijay Kapoor is Indian American. He was born in Chicago in 1976, the first of his family to be born in the United States. Vijay’s father was born in India and his mother was born in Poland. Both of his parents came to the United States in the 1960s to seek better lives for themselves. His father, Vinod, is remembered by many in Asheville as the plant manager for the Westinghouse Electric (now Eaton) manufacturing plant in Arden.
Vijay received his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago where he dual-majored in economics and public policy studies. He then pursued his law degree at the University of Pennsylvania and was the president of his class. In law school, Vijay worked for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) representing asylum seekers and helped a young evangelical Christian family fleeing Russia from religious persecution win their asylum petition. He also led a student run clinic representing laid off workers at unemployment compensation hearings.
After law school, Vijay worked for a law firm in Philadelphia where he was a litigator and concentrated his practice on representing state and local governments. He then served in the administration of Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell first as a policy advisor in the Governor’s Office and then as the head of the office responsible for implementing cost savings and operational improvement projects across state government.
Vijay founded and owns his own company: The Kapoor Company. He provides economic and financial analysis to governments large and small; from the City of Chicago to municipalities with less than 10,000 people. He has spent considerable time working with cities in financial difficulty to find ways of turning things around and has successfully mediated three nationally-recognized comprehensive agreements between taxpayers, cities and public safety employees to shore up underfunded pension plans. Vijay has spoken at national conferences on municipal finance issues and is recognized as a national expert in public sector compensation and pension matters.