About the Director
Kishore S. Thota was appointed as the Director of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation on September 29, 2023 by Governor Glenn Youngkin. Thota previously served as DPOR's Chief Deputy Director assisting in leading Virginia’s regulation, issuance, and enforcement of professional licenses, certificates, and registrations.
Under Thota’s leadership, DPOR established the Office of Performance & Innovation (OPI), a one-of-a-kind organization focused on empowering the culture of the entire agency to operate, transform and innovate like never before. The OPI office serves as an internal consulting team focused on:
• Creating collaborative work environments to generate new ideas
• Providing Agile project management methodologies to drive new policies and practices
• Optimizing operations to deliver efficient and effective services
In addition, Thota is committed to transforming DPOR’s decades-old legacy systems into a fully digital enterprise that prioritizes customer needs and delivers best in class services to all Virginians. As Chief Diversity Officer, Thota is dedicated to advancing diversity, opportunity, and inclusion. DPOR is focused on fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where all feel valued and respected and have access to resources, services, and opportunities necessary to succeed.
Kishore holds a Lean Six Sigma Certificate and a Six Sigma Green Belt Certificate from Villanova University, a Sustainable Community Development Graduate Certificate from Duke University and is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO). He is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor’s degree in Government & International Politics and has a Master’s degree in Organizational Change Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s School of Business.