FORA.tv Speaker - Ethan Veneklasen
Ethan Veneklasen serves as Executive Director-West Coast of the American India Foundation. Based in Santa Clara, California he oversees AIF's West Coast operations as well as the Service Corps and DE Programs.
Veneklasen brings with him a long record of success in the world of politics and public policy. Upon gradating from the University of Rochester, he moved to Washington, DC, where he established a winning track record, managing campaigns and advising candidates ranging from the state legislative to Presidential levels.
Returning to the Bay Area in 1997, Veneklasen shifted focus from electoral politics to public policy. In several positions, he was an outspoken advocate at the local, state and federal level for infrastructure investment. He was appointed to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Advisory Council, BART to San Jose Policy Advisory Committee and Regional Measure 2 Steering Committees as a representative of the business and construction communities.
As Executive Vice President of the Contra Costa Council, Veneklasen helped lead the way to the successful passage of Measure J, a $2.2 Billion transportation sales tax measure passed by 70.5% of the voters in 2004. In addition to his work in transportation, he was also co-founder the East Bay Workforce Housing Coalition.
03.05.10 | 01:08:46 min
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