I’m Bao-Tram Do, I am a 2015 participant of the American Opportunity Fund (aka AOF) program. I am a young AAPI working in philanthropy at a community foundation and volunteer to elevate the voices of underrepresented communities in the political process. I participated in the AOF campaign 101 training to take my civic engagement to the next level to learn about running for office. I was extremely impressed by the quality of the program which has benefited me in a number of ways.
Firstly, AOF allowed me to build my leadership and political skills from local and national experts on how to run an effective campaign from volunteer recruitment, fundraising, to message development.
Secondly, participating in the AOF training provided me with a cohort of individuals who are at different stages in their professions and political ambitions and but all open to learning and eager to empower one another.
And lastly, AOF demystified the process of running for office, showing me that there is not a single pathway to public service and that someone like me can learn the skills to be successful.
I value my AOF experience and encourage AAPIs who are interested in running for office to participate in this program.