Raj Salhotra graduated from Rice University in May 2013 with a degree in Economics and Policy Studies. He then became a teacher at YES Prep Public Schools through Teach For America. He then completed law school at Harvard and returned to Houston and deferred a law firm job to run for Houston City Council At-Large 1. He secured a place in the runoff but was ultimately unsuccessful. In January 2020, he co-founded Momentum Education to help increase the number of underserved high school students that get to and through post-secondary education. He has been involved in Hindus of Greater Houston for several years first as a member of the Arya Samaj of Greater Houston and now as part of the Young Hindus of Greater Houston. He hopes that the Young Hindus of Greater Houston will become the hub for all young Hindus in Houston and serve as a vehicle for exploring culture and religion, serving the community, and fostering leadership skills.