Participant Profile
Brad Baldia

Brad Baldia
National President & CEO, National Association of Asian American Professionals
Philadelphia, PA

Candidate Training, 2010

"The AOF Candidate Training gave me a much greater sense of campaigning and what it really takes to run for public office.  To have access to top political operatives and trainers was invaluable!  All the speakers/trainers were dynamic, informative and highly practical.  The training taught me more about fundraising, public speaking, messaging, building support, GOTV, etc...  everything you need to run and win a campaign!

Having more diverse political representation is extremely important and AOF is doing an incredible job in getting more Asian Americans and other minorities in order to create a pipeline for future diverse candidates that truly represents our country. Thank you AOF for all that you do!"

Biography:

Brad Baldia received his BA in English and Biology from Bucknell University and a Masters in Public Health from Temple University. In 1995, Brad served as a White House Intern in the Office of Presidential Personnel. He currently works as the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition. In addition, he works extensively with Asian community organizations on a local and national level, such as the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and the National Association of Asian American Professionals (Brad was Founding-President of the Philadelphia chapter. He was elected in August, 2006 as Executive Vice President of NAAAP National; National President & Chairman in August, 2008 and was re-elected as National President & CEO in 2010.

Brad serves on various boards including the Multicultural Affairs Congress (Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau) and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. He is also member of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Advisory Committee; the FBI Philadelphia’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and serves as faculty for the Center for Progressive Leadership.

Mr. Baldia has received numerous awards for his efforts, including the "Unsung Heroes Award" by Keystone Mercy Health Plan and "National Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award" by the National Conference for Community and Justice. In 2002, he was recognized as one of the "Top 30 Most Influential Asians in America Under the Age of 30". In 2007, Brad was one of fifty individuals citywide that was nominated for the “Spirit of Philadelphia” award by Greater Philadelphia Cares. In July, 2008, Mr. Baldia was named one of Philadelphia’s 101 Top Connectors by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia.