As part of APAICS’ “Meet a 2018 AAPI Candidate” series, we would like to introduce Suneel Gupta of Michigan. Read below!
Running for: U.S. Representative, Michigan District 11
Ethnicity: Indian American
Suneel Gupta is a candidate for Michigan’s 11th Congressional District. He has been hailed as “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange magazine. Suneel’s Michigan roots date back to 1967, when his mom became Ford Motor Company’s first female engineer. She and his father worked in the auto industry for over 30 years, until April 4, 2001, the day they were both laid off.
Suneel was born in Livonia and raised in Novi. He went to Novi public schools and washed dishes on nights and weekends at Salvatore Scallopini’s. After studying computer programming at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, he used his skills to help the State of Michigan track down deadbeat Dads that refused to pay child support and the United States Navy improve their military operations.
Suneel was later recruited to Groupon, which was co-founded by Michiganders, to serve as the young startup’s first Vice President of Product Development. There he helped create thousands of good-paying American jobs and serve over 1 million Michigan customers, while driving millions of dollars of revenue into small businesses around the country.
In 2012, Suneel co-created Rise, a healthcare company that uses technology to shrink the cost of quality health care. After the startup served over 1,000 patients, First Lady Michelle Obama asked Rise to be her team’s official technology partner. Through this public-private partnership, together they delivered health coaching to lower-income areas of the country. In 2016, Michael Bloomberg convened a bi-partisan commission on the Future of Work, and Suneel was asked to join and bring Rise’s lessons to policymakers.
Suneel has led and lectured on Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan and been named a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a law degree from Northwestern Law School. Justice Roberts swore him in to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court.
Suneel has been married for eight years to Leena Rao, a journalist who most recently wrote for Fortune Magazine. They have two daughters – Sammy, who is five years old, and Serena, who just turned one.