Neel Kashkari's career has taken him from engineering to investment banking to managing the federal government's $700-billion bailout of Wall Street, overseeing stock funds and running for governor — all by age 40.
What others might view as a young man's wandering ambition, Kashkari sees as the accumulation of skills needed to unseat incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown.
"I think I've taken elements from different parts of my life and brought it all together," said Kashkari, making his case in a recent interview on the patio of a gourmet sandwich shop in downtown Los Angeles.
"I am really good at parachuting into a new situation and figuring it out and working...