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A Need for the Power of She Network

AOF Executive Director Madalene Mielke kicks off the launch of the Power of She Network on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

AOF Executive Director Madalene Mielke kicks off the launch of the Power of She Network on Thursday, May 26, 2016.

In the month of May, several events and receptions occurred to honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and recognize Asian American political leaders, including Democratic National Committee Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Caucus Chair, Bel-Leong Hong. But only one event was most crucial in changing the face of American politics: “The Power of She Network” program, launched by America’s Opportunity Fund (AOF).  The Network brought together a room of AAPI women with various backgrounds in politics.

“The Power of She was created to foster an environment for progressive AAPI women to empower one another in DC as well as across the country,” said AOF Executive Director Madalene Mielke.  “This is an opportunity to encourage women to connect and to learn from one another.”

Attendees had varying levels of political experiences, from former and current Presidential political appointees, senior legislative staff in Capitol Hill, current political operatives, and civic engagement leaders. It was inspiring to be in a room where Asian American women swapped stories of their backgrounds and shared their insights to the current political landscapes. Some of the conversations got intimate, as some women shared the challenges of having to balance family life with political work.

I want to thank the Power of She Network hosts Irene Bueno, Olivia Chow, Anna Chu, Hon. Grace Han Wolf (Councilmember of Herndon, VA), Deepa Dunapuli, Manjiri Mannino Machak, Madalene Mielke, Moh Sharma, and Alvina Yeh for putting on a successful networking event.  The event helped reinforce why I began the PWP series to support diverse women in politics.

AOF is currently helping AAPI women and other diverse political operatives find opportunities to campaigns and organizations across the country.  Learn more about AOF’s AAPI Pipeline Project and submit your resume here.

What are you doing to help other women succeed in American politics? Let us know on Twitter: @abuoyedpath, #politicswithin

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Tonia Bui

About Tonia Bui

Tonia Bui is currently a strategic communications consultant. Most recently, she served as treasurer for the Hoan Dang for County Council campaign in Montgomery County. Tonia previously served as the Communications Director for the Nguyen for Delegate Campaign (VA-67) in 2013 and led the Asian American voter outreach efforts for the Darcy Burner for Congress Campaign (WA-08) in 2008. Her efforts to build stakeholder engagement stems from her experiences serving as the Member Outreach Assistant to Vice Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-34). She also previously worked for U.S. Senator Barack Obama (IL-13) and California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (CA-12). Her work has been published by the Harvard Asian American Policy Review and cited by scholars of the political science textbook, Campaigns on the Cutting Edge. Tonia holds a Master in Public Policy from American University and a B.A. in Mass Communications and Gender & Women’s Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Read more of Tonia's blog Politics Within Politics.


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