Raja Kirshnamoorthi has been appointed deputy treasurer for policy and programs for the state of Illinois. His new job entails overseeing the pension investment policy, Bright Start college savings program, unclaimed property division, venture capital fund, linked deposit loan programs for agricultural and business development, and the Treasurer’s home ownership program. Raja was previously working at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he specialized in “representing public and private entities in matters ranging from contract and securities work to white collar criminal matters.” He explains his decision to go into government work as repayment for the state assistance given to his family when they were recent immigrants. In his words, “my family owes a debt of gratitude and I intend to repay it any way I can.” Read more about this story here.