Rajpal Bath named 1st executive director of N.J.-India Commission

Rajpal “Raj” Bath has been named the executive director of the New Jersey-India Commission, which was established in February, according to a Thursday announcement from Gov. Phil Murphy’s office.

With a robust background in community engagement and advocacy, Bath brings a wealth of experience to this critical role, which will be responsible for advancing bilateral trade and investment as well as encouraging economic development in both New Jersey and India.

As India is the most populous country in the world, with one of the fastest-growing economies, the commission aims to promote cultural and educational exchanges between New Jersey and India and to promote sustainable long-term economic growth.

“Having worked closely with Raj while he served as a senior aide in my office, I am thrilled to announce him as the inaugural executive director of the New Jersey-India Commission. His dedication to serving our communities and his expertise in navigating complex issues will undoubtedly benefit our state,” Murphy said. “As New Jersey’s Indian American population continues to grow, this newly established commission will ensure the cultural and economic ties between New Jersey and India are fostered for generations to come.”

“Raj’s commitment to fostering collaboration and driving positive change makes him the ideal leader for this position,” Lt. Gov. Tahesha Way, who oversees the commission in her capacity as secretary of state, said. “I look forward to working closely with him to advance the commission’s mission.”

Bath joins the commission from his previous role as senior aide to the governor, where he demonstrated his ability to address complex issues and forge meaningful partnerships.