Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari
On Thursday, March 6th
Neel Kashkari faces a tall order this election year. A relative newcomer on the California political scene, Kashkari announced in January that he will challenge Gov. Jerry Brown. Best known for running the U.S. Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program when the financial crisis struck in 2008, Kashkari is running partly on his experience operating that program, in which he brought together Republican and Democratic lawmakers to write and pass landmark legislation. An Ohio native, Kashkari earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering at the University of Illinois and worked in the aerospace engineering industry before opting to join the world of finance, earning an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He has spent the better part of the last year touring the state and meeting with people as he explored a bid for public office.