In his role as Policy Director, Kalonji manages the
Department's policy and regulatory development process in coordination with the
Governor's Office of Policy. He will provide research, analysis and
recommendations on key departmental issues that impact the program areas of
charities and corporations, elections, and professional licensure.
Kalonji previously served as Deputy Policy Director, supporting
the Bureau of Professional and Occupations Affairs (BPOA) with legislative and
regulatory policy analysis related to its 29 licensing boards and commissions.
He also evaluated emerging policy issues for the Department, including reducing
barriers to licensure for citizens with criminal histories and improving the
Department’s language accessibility for Limited English Proficiency
populations. He also collaborated with other state agencies on important
issues such as the implementation of the medical marijuana program, and
ensuring access to autism-related services for children in the Commonwealth, as
well as internal collaborations that involved issues such as the status of
minor political parties in the Commonwealth, remote notarization, and the
regulation of online charitable solicitations.
Prior to joining the Department in 2015, Kalonji worked in
the Pennsylvania Senate, first as Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff to
Senator Leanna Washington of the 4th District, comprising Montgomery
and Philadelphia Counties, and subsequently as Legislative Counsel to Senator
Shirley Kitchen (ret.) for the 3rd District in Philadelphia County.
Kalonji holds a Juris Doctor degree from Villanova
University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Marketing and
Strategic Management from Temple University, Fox School of Business.
Kalonji resides in Susquehanna Township with his wife,
Renea, and their three sons.