Ravi Singh is an entrepreneur, author, and also a former politician in American. He is the founder and CEO of Electionmall Technologies which is a non-partisan company that offers technology products and services tailored to those running for political office. Singh became famous as the first U.S. cadet to graduate from a military academy with a turban. In 1998, his bid for the Illinois Legislature made him the first Asian to ever run for this position.
Singh has been honored with many awards and recognitions that include the Sikh in Media Award in 2010, as well as being named as one of the 50 Outstanding Asian Americans and a
, a prestigious honor given in politics. Ravi Singh was born in the United States and is the first-born son of immigrant parents who came to the United States from India in the 1960s. His father was a radiologist at Rush–Copley Medical Center and his mother was a housewife. Singh attended Valparaiso University, a Lutheran university at Valparaiso, Indiana.
Being the student body president during his time, he spoke at the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago. He went to Northwestern University where he earned his Master’s Degree in Political Science in 1995. Singh did school with ambition to become a doctor like his father but later decided to take a political route after being active in college politics. He worked as a legislative assistant to then Illinois Lt Governor Bob Kustra after graduating from Northwestern. After a year, he went to work for Illinois State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka and served as a liaison to the Asian Pacific American community. Singh founded Election Mall Technologies in 1999 as he realized after his loss in the Illinois State Legislature election that there was no company offering candidates any technology solution for fighting campaigns digitally,
Singh quoted in a 2004 cover story for USA Weekend saying, “we want the mother running for school board to have the same tools as a senator.” Singh hit the headlines when a criminal complaint against its Founder and CEO Ravi Singh was unsealed, revealing that the Justice Department had charged him with illegally helping a foreigner to influence the election process during the 2012 and 2013 election cycles through an independent political action committee in San Diego for channeling $500,000 in illegal contributions. Singh was arrested on January 17, 2014, and released on bail four days later. Ravi Singh is a practicing Sikh and spokesperson for the Illinois Sikh Community Center and was widely quoted in the media after the 2012 Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting.