Greetings APAP readers!
Hopefully by now most of you are familiar with our newest feature, Pol-Files. For those of you who are new to our site, they are quick questionnaires from some of our favorite AAPIs making a difference through their progressive endeavors. We hope to not only inspire our readers by showing them different paths towards political involvement, but also to give thanks to these amazing individuals initiating change within their communities. Our past Pol-Files have been on Jennifer Javier
, Laura Shin
and Vin Gopal
. Any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your name?
What is your current position?
As WA State Racial Justice Campaign and Training Coordinator with Progressive Majority, I recruit and train progressive candidates of color for local and state office.
What are some interesting jobs you have had in the past?
I’ve held some random jobs, many of which contribute to my work today. Selling books door to door seventy hours a week for Southwestern one summer definitely prepared me for doorbelling and long hours on the campaign trail. A summer internship at the Library of Congress cataloguing the LOOK magazine collection gave me a taste of Washington DC. Screenprinting greeting cards by hand – well that made me realize I needed to find fulfilling work.
What is your educational background?
I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting and a certification to teach art to K-12 students.
What skills do you think are necessary for your job?
Understanding how to build trust and reach out to communities of color is a must. As far as I know, I’m the only person who specifically recruits and trains progressive people of color to run for office so being independent and a self starter is necessary. Perseverance, a passion for social justice, and authenticity all certainly come in handy as well.