Our History

America's Opportunity Fund was created in July 2007 by then former Washington State Governor Gary Locke and former Secretary of Commerce Norman Mineta. Two long-time leaders in the Asian American community, Locke and Mineta created the PAC to provide opportunities for candidates and communities of color to participate fully in the electoral process at the federal and statewide level.

Locke and Mineta's personal experiences in politics and their shared vision of a more open and participatory democracy led to the creation of AOF.

Locke related his own entrance into politics, during the violent protests against the Vietnam War. Watching those protests, he felt that there had to be a better way to enact change and decided to go to law school. In the course of his career, he said, he has worked to “increase people’s respect for the government.”

Mineta described his personal experiences during the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II, and the deep impact it had on his own political life. He said that he had seen his father cry only three times — and one of those times was on May 29, 1942, when they boarded the trains that would take them to the internment camp Heart Mountain, in Wyoming. “The reason this happened to us in 1942 is we had no access to our political leaders,” Mineta said.

Since it's inception, AOF has held several Candidate and Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) trainings, endorsed pivotal statewide and federal candidates each year, supported campaigns with ethnic media buys and AAPI-specific field efforts, conducted research on AAPI voters, and has provided educational forums for the public.

The goals of the Fund are to affect a marked increase in the number of elected officials who embrace and understand the needs of communities of color; generate significant funds to support our mission in targeted states throughout the country; increase voter visibility and participation to support AOF endorsed candidates to achieve victory.

America's Opportunity Fund was started in July 2007 by then former Washington State Governor Gary Locke and former Secretary of Commerce Norman Mineta. Two long-time leaders in the Asian American community, Locke and Mineta created the PAC to provide opportunities for candidates and communities of color to participate fully in the electoral process at the federal and statewide level.
Locke and Mineta's personal experiences in politics and their shared vision of a more open and participatory democracy led to the creation of AOF.
Locke related his own entrance into politics, during the violent protests against the Vietnam War. Watching those protests, he felt that there had to be a better way to enact change and decided to go to law school. In the course of his career, he said, he has worked to “increase people’s respect for the government.”
Mineta described his personal experiences during the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II, and the deep impact it had on his own political life. He said that he had seen his father cry only three times — and one of those times was on May 29, 1942, when they boarded the trains that would take them to the internment camp Heart Mountain, in Wyoming. “The reason this happened to us in 1942 is we had no access to our political leaders,” Mineta said.
Since it's inception, AOF has held several Candidate and Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) trainings, endorsed pivotal statewide and federal candidates each year, supported campaigns with ethnic media buys and AAPI-specific field efforts, conducted research on AAPI voters, and has provided educational forums for the public.
The goals of the Fund are to affect a marked increase in the number of elected officials who embrace and understand the needs of communities of color; generate significant funds to support our mission in targeted states throughout the country; increase voter visibility and participation to support AOF endorsed candidates to achieve victory.

America's Opportunity Fund was started in July 2007 by then former Washington State Governor Gary Locke and former Secretary of Commerce Norman Mineta. Two long-time leaders in the Asian American community, Locke and Mineta created the PAC to provide opportunities for candidates and communities of color to participate fully in the electoral process at the federal and statewide level.

Locke and Mineta's personal experiences in politics and their shared vision of a more open and participatory democracy led to the creation of AOF.

Locke related his own entrance into politics, during the violent protests against the Vietnam War. Watching those protests, he felt that there had to be a better way to enact change and decided to go to law school. In the course of his career, he said, he has worked to “increase people’s respect for the government.”

Mineta described his personal experiences during the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II, and the deep impact it had on his own political life. He said that he had seen his father cry only three times — and one of those times was on May 29, 1942, when they boarded the trains that would take them to the internment camp Heart Mountain, in Wyoming. “The reason this happened to us in 1942 is we had no access to our political leaders,” Mineta said.

Since it's inception, AOF has held several Candidate and Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) trainings, endorsed pivotal statewide and federal candidates each year, supported campaigns with ethnic media buys and AAPI-specific field efforts, conducted research on AAPI voters, and has provided educational forums for the public.

The goals of the Fund are to affect a marked increase in the number of elected officials who embrace and understand the needs of communities of color; generate significant funds to support our mission in targeted states throughout the country; increase voter visibility and participation to support AOF endorsed candidates to achieve victory.