Kamala Harris (middle) pictured at a campaign event. (Photo credit: Ebony)
Ending months of speculation, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden announced today that he has selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate. With that choice, Harris becomes the first Black woman and the first Asian American to run for the vice presidency on a major party ticket.
A week after Hillary Clinton’s AAPI Outreach Director, Lisa Changadveja, departed the campaign for a position with the Colorado Democratic Party, a replacement has been announced. NBC News reports today that Jason Tengco, the former deputy director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), has been appointed as the Clinton campaign’s newest AAPI Outreach Director.
Just half a year after taking the position, Hillary Clinton’s Director of AAPI Outreach will be leaving the Democratic primary frontrunner’s presidential campaign fora position with the Colorado Democratic Party.
Lisa Changadveja — who began working for the Clinton campaign during the 2007-2008 cycle and who served as AAPI and LGBTQ outreach director for a Clinton-affiliated SuperPAC during the 2012-2013 election — was named the Clinton campaign’s official Director of AAPI Outreach late last summer. During her tenure as Hillary for America’s AAPI Outreach Director, Changadveja eschewed traditional outreach approaches in favour of on-the-ground events held in predominantly Asian American neighbourhoods to improve the Clinton campaign’s visibility with potential voters.