Board Member

SLYO Board Member

Raj Weerakkody was born in Sri Lanka and moved here with his family as a teenager. He currently lives in Orange County, CA where he attended high school and University. He was a gifted athlete in high school football team which earned him a football scholarship to San Diego State University. Raj went on to graduate from California State University at Long Beach with a degree in International Business.

Raj has always been a savvy entrepreneur and founded a security company in his 20s. H went on to sell his partnership to open his own café and Teahouse, Royal Cup Café, in Long Beach, CA. Royal Cup Cafe was named Café of the Year by Strong and named Cafe of the Month by OC Weekly speaking to Raj’s talent and vision in the business field. Raj is passionate about the arts and collects pieces and to keep on display at Royal Cup Café contributing to its eclectic and artsy ambiance. Raj is an active member of the community and frequently contributes to philanthropic causes in the Sri Lankan and Long Beach community.

He believes that one’s community is a major part of a person’s identity and has been a major driving force behind SLYO’s successful fundraisers. Raj is in the process of franchising Royal Cup Cafe to proliferate his passion for great coffee, great food, great art, and great ambiance contributing to great communities!

He enjoys time with his family and pets whenever his busy schedule allows some free time.