In this series, we will be introducing you to the regulars around our California offices. For our first “Around the Office” blog, meet Allie Ebner—a Regional Field Director in Southern California.Where are you from?
I grew up in Fresno. I fell in love with Southern California during college, and moved to LA last February.How did you get involved with Organizing for America?
My dad is a truck driver who listened to a conservative radio station every day while I was growing up. I remember hearing a lot of hatred and a lot of blame, but never any solutions to the issues that people like my family faced. When I started to follow Senator Obama's primary campaign in 2007, I decided that I had finally found a politician who offered not only hope, but concrete solutions for America's middle class. I applied to be an Obama Organizing Fellow in Colorado in 2008, jumped on a plane after my graduation, and have been hooked since my first phone call to a volunteer. And I'm still just as supportive as I was in 2007 - my mom is facing unemployment, and my brother is racking up student loans to pay for college. The President is working to help people like us.
I'm still working on my Dad's opinion of President Obama, but he's proud that I'm standing up for what I think is important. He also told me that while it's OK to have differing political views, if I ever become an LA Dodgers fan instead of a SF Giants fan, he would disown me.What is your favorite part of the job?
Learning something new every day. It sounds cheesy, but I'm constantly learning about new ways to use our database or hearing a great story about why a new volunteer wants to get involved.Tell us something you learned this week.
After a conference call on Monday with our Neighborhood Team Leaders and Regional Field Organizers, I learned how lucky I am to be working with such an incredible group of people every day. We celebrated the work we've done in 2011, and I was ecstatic to see everybody fired up and ready to go for 2012.
I also learned how to use our fax machine for the first time!What is one piece of advice you have for new organizers?
Jump right in! Whether you're making your first phone call or running your first 100-attendee training, know that the first 5 minutes of work are the toughest. Once you get started, everything will fall into place.What is your New Year’s resolution?
I'm going to work hard in 2012 to develop parts of my turf that don't currently have a lot of volunteer activity. I think that every part of California—red or blue, urban or rural—can make a huge contribution to this campaign when given the tools and resources.Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I can name all 50 states, alphabetically, in under 20 seconds.Work with Allie to re-elect President Obama by volunteering in your neighborhood or stopping by the Los Angeles office.