National Field Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)
Raymond Partolan (he/him/his) is the National Field Director at APIA Vote. For almost a decade, he has been an advocate for immigrant and refugee communities. Raymond has spent his entire life living in the Deep South. Prior to coming to APIA Vote, he spent several years as the Program Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. There, his team led the charge to register over 11,000 new voters, directly engage with thousands of historically underrepresented Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and defeat anti-immigrant legislation at the Georgia State Capitol. Raymond is a coalition-builder and played a key role in the establishment of the Georgia Immigrant Alliance for Civic Empowerment. He has engaged with the media on hundreds of occasions to bring the challenges faced by communities of color into the public eye. Raymond was named one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia in 2018 and 2019. An avid musician, he won three Grammy Awards in 2019 for his work on the highly-acclaimed jazz album, American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom. Raymond graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He is trilingual in English, Spanish, and Tagalog.
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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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