The grandson of a freedom fighter, Ritesh Tandon was instilled with an appreciation for freedom and independence. This would lead him to The United States of America at age 28, where he attended Santa Clara University in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering. Later Ritesh Tandon completed his second Master’s in Business Administration from the same University. While attending Santa Clara University, Ritesh met fellow Computer Engineer Zurica Dhar. They were married in 2001 and would make the Bay Area home.
After two decades in the Silicon Valley, Indian American engineer and businessman Ritesh Tandon is running for Congress in the South Bay. He has built a successful career in technology at the same time that he has been a leader in helping others through his work with nonprofits.
Tandon says, “Over two decades ago, I immigrated to this country as a student searching for the American Dream. I found it here in the heart of our Bay Area. I believe this community is the greatest in our nation and it angers me to see the Washington D.C. elite ignore our values of strong family devotion and hard work. It will be my top priority to represent you, not entrenched party bosses.”
“As a former President of a non-profit, I see how many Bay Area families are struggling to make ends meet. As a father, I know the $23-trillion national debt is stealing our children’s future. As an independent small businessman, I understand the crushing burden of job-killing regulations.”
Professionally, Ritesh Tandon worked on unified communications products for Cisco, first in engineering, then technical marketing. Then he managed strategic alliances for Jabra, which makes audio devices.
At the same time Ritesh served as an executive committee member of the Sankara Eye Foundation, which has established nine hospitals to eradicate curable blindness. He raised millions of dollars for the hospitals and helped select the site for one of them. He also served as a volunteer and then president for five years of UPMA, an organization which supports education and childcare of poor kids.
Ritesh Tandon is running in District 17, which includes Newark, Fremont, Milpitas, North San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino. He is challenging incumbent Ro Khanna, who is serving as a national co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ campaign.
As a father of two wonderful children, Ritesh is always seeking to make his community better for his family and others. Seeing a lack of representation of our values in Washington, DC, Ritesh is seeking to serve the Bay Area in Congress. Ritesh will fight for all our communities and ensure the residents of the 17th Congressional District have a voice in Washington, DC.