Q1. What do you do for the campaign?
I've volunteered for the campaign since it came to Iowa in early 2007. As a volunteer, I canvass door to door, talk to voters over the phone and work on the campaign's voter file. Last year, I was a summer organizer in St. Paul, Minnesota, where I got to do more in-depth things like organize phone banks and meet one on one with supporters.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
I started volunteering in early 2007 after a field organizer came to my high school and introduced me to the campaign. It was an amazing experience and gave me a new perspective on politics and community organizing. I continued to volunteer throughout 2008 and rallied support for President Obama at my school. In 2010, I began attending Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Last summer, I was fortunate enough to be a part of OFA's eight-week long Summer Organizer Program, where I worked in St. Paul. Since then, I've just been volunteering in the Minnesota office and organizing in Augsburg. I came back to Cedar Rapids last December to help out with the Iowa caucus and re-engage with all the supporters and volunteers I met in 2007 and 2008. I've loved every minute I've spent with the campaign over the last four years and am so pumped for the next 10 months.
Q3. What’s your favorite part of your role?
I love meeting new supporters and spending time with the volunteers. During the Summer Organizer Program, I met with lots of supporters and undecided voters. They were really informal conversations, usually over coffee, where we talked about where we came from, why we supported the President and anything else that came to our minds. Each conversation was really motivating because it taught me a lot about the kind of influence this movement has over people's lives. Although we're all different, we're all fighting the same fight. That sounds really cheesy but I think it's a really rare and valuable thing that makes us all the stronger.
Q4. What’s the most unexpected part of your role?
Every day I'm amazed at how hard the organizers work. You wouldn't think that nearly a year out people would be working 12-hour days. And these folks don't waste a second of it. In the office they're constantly sitting down with supporters, training new volunteers, and meeting with their neighborhood teams. And even when they go home for the night they're answering emails, posting their daily ventures on Twitter, and dialing into conference calls. They even work on the weekends. It's such a privilege to work with all of these great people.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I can't watch scary movies at all. Whenever I sense a scary movie preview is coming on TV, I run to the next room. Needless to say, I'm just going to stick with comedies.