Ben Chou

Harris County Election's Department, Senior Advisor for Policy and Innovation

Benjamin Chou is the Senior Advisor for Policy and Innovation at the Harris County Election's Department where he created drive thru voting, a service that nearly 130,000 residents used to cast their ballot during the 2020 general election. He also is the Co-Founder for VoteSimple, a nonprofit voter registration organization dedicated to registering people of color and LGBTQIA Texans. He previously worked as the Political Director for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and prior to that for Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. He’s managed and worked on campaigns in Illinois, Maryland, Iowa, and Texas. He has a JD and MBA from Northwestern University, a BA from Rice University, and has won national recognition as a Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellow, Harry S. Truman Scholar, and Morris K. Udall Scholar. Earlier this year, he was featured in the Houston Chronicle as an Asian American changemaker helping to shape Houston's future.

Ben is speaking at

July 17, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm


  • Ben Chou (Speaker) Harris County Election's Department, Senior Advisor for Policy and Innovation
  • Dr. Janelle Wong (Speaker) Professor, University of Maryland
  • Raymond Partolan (Speaker) National Field Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
  • Victor Shi (Speaker) Student, UCLA
  • Resty Fufunan (Moderator) Policy Intern, OCA National
Sponsored By:
OCA Las Vegas


As Asians and Pacific Islanders become the fastest growing groups in the United States, we must organize and advocate for the health and happiness of our ever-changing communities. As of February 2021, there are only 18 Asian and Pacific Islander senators and representatives - but we can work to change that. In this workshop, will explore ways in which Asian and Pacific Islanders can shape the institutions and laws that govern their lives through effective civic engagement, policy advocacy, running for office, and commission appointments at the local level. Then, attendees will be walked through the process of running for office and leading a successful campaign.

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