Vijay’s Resume

Background

  • Age: 40
  • Born in Chicago, IL, but grew up in Asheville
  • Married to Anne since 2006, with two children: James, age 3, and Rose, age 6.  Rose attends public school
  • Owner of Chase, a pit bull/lab mix from Brother Wolf Animal Rescue
  • Lives in South Asheville
  • Father was plant manager of Westinghouse Electric (now Eaton) manufacturing plant in Arden before moving to Jackson, MS; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA; and Chicago, IL. Moved back to Asheville in 2014

Education

University of Chicago, 1995–1999
Dual degree: bachelor of arts in Economics and Public Policy Studies

University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1999–2002
Juris Doctorate
– Elected class president and addressed graduating class alongside then-Senator Joe Biden (read his commencement address here)
– Interned for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) representing asylum seekers. Successfully won an asylum petition for a young evangelical Christian family fleeing Russia from religious persecution
– Led a student-run law clinic representing individuals at unemployment compensation hearings

Employment

Attorney, Ballard Spahr, LLP in Philadelphia, PA
– Concentrated practice on representing state and local governments

Senior Policy Manager and Executive Director of Office of Management and Productivity, Office of Governor Ed Rendell, in Harrisburg, PA
– Led office responsible for implementing cost savings and operational improvement projects across state government
– Led a voluntary insurance benefit RFP that, for the first time in Pennsylvania, permitted state employees with same-sex partners to cover their loved ones and eventually led to Pennsylvania extending health benefits to same-sex partners of state employees.
– Assisted Board of Governors at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education with implementing cost savings measures to keep tuition low for students – many of whom were the first in their families to attend college
– Worked with Department of Corrections and Board of Probation and Parole to identify ways of improving parole process to reduce the likelihood that individuals would reoffend

Director, Public Financial Management in Philadelphia, PA
– Provided economic and financial analysis to local governments of all sizes, including the city of Chicago and municipalities with populations fewer than 10,000 people
– Found consensus solutions to addressing underfunded public safety pensions. Successfully mediated nationally-recognized comprehensive agreements between taxpayers, cities, and public safety employees in Lexington, KY, and Chattanooga, TN, that protected benefits and was fair to taxpayers

Founder, president, and owner, The Kapoor Company in Philadelphia, PA, and Asheville, NC
– Founded company dedicated to providing governments with objective, straightforward advice that solves workforce problems, improves services, and saves money
– Assist cities in financial difficulty with developing and implementing financial recovery plans
– Successfully mediated comprehensive agreement between taxpayers, city, and firefighters in New Orleans, LA, to rescue a severely underfunded firefighter pension plan
– Taught municipal finance classes at national and state conferences
– At time of company founding, also had a solo law practice representing low income individuals who were losing their homes in foreclosure

Civic WORK

– Founded South Asheville Resident and Business Community Organization (SARBCO)
– University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) Foundation board member
– Served on Administration and Human Resources team for Governor Roy Cooper’s transition
– Democratic Party precinct chair for Precinct 29.2
– Part of group that founded Health Care CPR, a grassroots health care advocacy organization seeking affordable health care for all.  Coverage of our work can be seen here, here, here and here.