Name: Rob Abraham
Campaign role: Youth Vote Director, Obama for America – North Carolina
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Organizing in: The Tar Heel State - North Carolina
Q1. What do you do for the campaign?
I advocate for young people across the state of North Carolina to have their voices heard through taking an active role in the campaign. Our Youth Vote campaign includes high schoolers, college students, young professionals, returning veterans, and many other pockets of young Americans who are ready to step forward for President Obama. North Carolina is focused on giving youth a voice this November through registering voters, building campus and community organizations, dorm-storming, and hosting exciting events like our Gotta Vote Concert we hosted with Janelle Monae and our Happy Hours with Kal Penn. I'm really excited about the work I get to do with young people.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
I first came to the table in 2004. I was an incoming freshman at Georgia Tech when I heard then-Senator Obama speak at the 2004 Convention. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. I finally felt I had a voice in this process as a young person and that there was someone named Barack Obama who dreamed of our country the same way I did. I didn't have much experience, but I began volunteering for his campaign in Georgia and helped register voters. I soon became a Neighborhood Team Leader and then a Field Organizer. Our hard work paid off in 2008, and I'm back now to keep moving our country forward.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your role?
My favorite part of working with young people in North Carolina is visiting students on campuses across the state and hearing what President Obama has accomplished for them and other young people personally. Their stories of being able to stay in school due to increased Pell Grants, having access to health care by staying on their parents' plans or regardless of pre-existing conditions, reuniting with their friends who have returned home from Iraq, and knowing they are respected regardless of gender and sexual orientation have inspired them to continue fighting for President Obama. Those stories are countless and real, and they inspire me as we see our continued work pay off.
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
I'm always impressed to see the number of new people who are being included in this process. Ours is a campaign that values each and every voice, and that is evident through our efforts across the state to continue to register new voters and include new volunteers. Our doors are always open, and it's great to see such a diverse group of young people coming to the table to continue to fight for education, healthcare, jobs, and equality for all Americans.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I won the "Most Improved" trophy at tennis camp when I was 8 years old.