My Politics

I was always brought up believing that it is the duty of each of us to be involved in political life--we are, after all, the political animal, and it is thus of vital importance that we engage with our fellow citizens about the issues that define our times.  Through work on political campaigns, discussions with friends, and my job, I feel like I have taken on the responsibilities of a citizen in a democracy--responsibilities I feel priveledged to have.

I first became involved in politics through the Obama Campaign.  During the 2008 California Primary, when I was 17, I volunteered to help then-Senator Barack Obama.  I continued to support the Senator, went to the DNC in Denver, and eventually served as a volunteer coordinator and dorm captain my freshman year of college.  I helped lead trips to Gary and Hammond, Indiana, to register voters and canvass door to door.

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In 2012, I moved to Pittsburgh, PA, to intern as an Organizing Fellow on President Obama's reelection campaign.  I was then hired as a Campus Organizer, and ran our Oakland office.  I implemented a voter registration drive across the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and several other schools, and recruited, trained, and managed teams of student volunteers at CMU and Point Park.  This was the hardest and most rewarding work I have ever done, and I would do it again in the heartbeat (luckily for my stress levels, however, there are term limits).  

When I went back to academia, I left a job at ruck.us, an award-winning political action site geared toward bringing activists together to discuss the issues about which they are passionate.  I worked as an issue editor, finding the best content from around the web and bringing it to our users with commentary to spark discussion.

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