Raj Dhillon (he/him) has nearly a decade of experience in coalition-building, government and community relations, and legislative analysis and advocacy. He currently serves as the Senior Manager of Advocacy & Public Policy for Breathe Southern California, a 501(c)(3) environmental health nonprofit organization focused on sustainable solutions for air quality and lung health. Previously, Raj worked for Senate Majority Leader Robert M. Hertzberg dating back to Senator Hertzberg’s 2014 campaign for State Senate. In 2019, Raj received a California Senate Resolution for his commendable service to the State of California.
Arriving at Breathe SoCal to revitalize the Advocacy & Public Policy department that he leads, Raj pursues policies, sponsors and supports legislation, and backs regulatory rulemaking across federal, state, and local levels of government to improve lung health. Additionally, he implements strategies to improve air quality, including transitioning medium- and heavy-duty trucks to cleaner alternatives and working with stakeholders to develop pathways to utilizing zero-emissions technologies. In 2021, Breathe SoCal was honored with a “Leadership in Air Quality” Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District for their innovative approach to addressing air pollution with their End Diesel Now campaign, which Raj leads.
Prior to joining Breathe SoCal, his time in Senator Hertzberg’s office is where Raj developed the largest and most comprehensive internship program in the legislature while having spearheaded research on several topics that included government efficiency, tax reform, sustainability, and housing/homelessness. In 2019, Raj received a California Senate Resolution for his commendable service to the State of California.
Raj earned his B.A. in Political Science & Government and his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). He proudly serves on multiple boards, including the Advisory Board of CSUN’s MPA Program; as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of New Directions for Youth, Inc., a comprehensive youth development organization; and on the Advisory Committee of the National Stewardship Action Council, a nonprofit focused on creating a circular economy. Furthermore, Raj is involved in multiple startup ventures and maintains an active network in local political circles.