Rahul Chandhok

EVP of Public Affairs & Strategic Communications

8th NFL season, 8th with the 49ers

Rahul Chandhok is in his eighth season with the 49ers and first as executive vice president of public affairs & strategic communications.

Chandhok is responsible for issues impacting the team’s business and reputation, public policy, legislative and regulatory issues, development, land use, cross-functional initiatives, strategic internal and external communications, and serves as a team spokesperson.

Chandhok chairs the committee to return both players and fans to the stadium for the 2021 season. His work includes overseeing the 49ers Medical and Economic Advisory Committees, working with government officials, health leaders, media, and the community to establish a standard for a safe return of fans to Levi’s Stadium. 

Most recently, Chandhok lead efforts in transforming Levi’s Stadium into California’s largest vaccination site. He was also instrumental in converting Levi’s Stadium into a voting center for the 2020 November Election.

Chandhok joined the 49ers in 2014 as manager of government affairs, a role he held for two seasons, and then served as director of external affairs for two seasons. Prior to joining the 49ers, he was influential in the public-private partnership to prevent the relocation of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, and the development of Golden 1 Center.

Chandhok is active in the community, serving on the boards of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, Beyond Differences, and San Jose Library Foundation.

He holds a B.A. from U.C. Irvine and a J.D. from U.C. Davis School of Law.

Chandhok, his partner Tanya, and their dog, Duncan, reside in San Francisco.