Headquarters: San Francisco, CA
Andrew Wong, President
Andy Wong, co-founder of PowerPAC and Vote Hope, has been running political campaigns since the mid-1980s. His career began by winning a series of student government elections at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, UCLA and Stanford. Over the next decade he went on to run city and county campaigns in the San Francisco Bay Area, electing people of color and gay community activists to Community College Board, BART Board, School Board and the Board of Supervisors. His background in applied mathematics and computer data systems has enabled him to support numerous campaign infrastructures, including for Prop 54, targeting voters for effective campaigning by using a myriad of techniques for empowering niche constituencies.
Andy also began AJWI, a software company focused on the government and non-profit sectors, in 1998 in San Francisco. This 10-year old company has served over 50 counties in California, state agencies, foundations such as Hewlett, Haas Jr. and Packard, and supported projects in health, economic development, education, early childhood development and criminal justice. Providing software in an Application Service Provider model has helped move government and foundations into the 21st century creating new avenues for cross-agency collaboration and leveraging existing resources for better and more effective strategies. AJWI’s work is also helping standardize work in these fields that have previously demanded customized systems opening the door for greater improvements in government productivity.
Lisa Le, Controller
Lisa Le’s desire to make a difference helped foster the foundation for PowerPAC. Her parents’ experiences leaving war-torn Vietnam influenced her interests and understanding of the civil rights and women’s suffrage movement. As an activist, Lisa brings her organizational and certified public accounting skills to create an environment where younger generations can organize and movement-build. Having travelled throughout many parts of the world, it is no surprise to a Francophile that Lisa’s favorite travel destination remains Paris, France.
Shirley Burke, Office Manager
Shirley Burke remembers her first encounter with politics—the “Freedom Riders” organizing in her neighborhood during the time of Dr. Martin Luther Kings’ boycotts and sit-ins. Now at PowerPAC, Shirley continues to support social justice as operations manager at PowerPAC.
Shirley has over 20 years of administrative customer service and event production experience having worked with Apple Computer, Zelerate, and in the real estate industry. At PowerPAC, Shirley assists the Chairman and President and works closely with the Controller to ensure logistics are operating smoothly in each office location.
Shirley attended Southern University in Louisiana, and later went on to obtain her Real Estate and Notary Public license. For over 14 years, she served as secretary on the Board of Directors for the Antioch Christian Center and Maranatha Christian Center Church. During her spare time, Shirley enjoys decorating and writing prose and poetry.
Los Angeles, CA Office
Michael Gomez Daly, Political Director
Michael Gomez Daly is the Political Director for PowerPAC.org. A native of San Bernardino, Michael leads a coalition in the Inland Empire whose work focuses around engaging impoverished communities and people of color. Michael’s focus on data-driven outreach has created deep inroads to progressive efforts in Southern California. He has designed and implemented field plans for numerous candidates and statewide Propositions. Michael has been a panelist for Netroots Nation on “Engaging New American Voters and Voters of Color.” Michael shares his knowledge and command of data for the advancement of progressive ideas and goals. He has taken many innovative steps which have proved to be the right risks for greater success in moving the progressive agenda forward.
Washington, DC Office
Edil Mari De Los Reyes, Development Coordinator
Edil, a Southern California native, is the daughter of Filipino immigrants who shared with her their passion for helping others. The experiences of her family shaped her political interests and understanding of social justice. Since college, she has made it her journey to become a better organizer and to empower others.
Over the years, Edil’s work has focused on engaging and strengthening underrepresented communities to secure a seat at the decision table. As an advocate, Edil has worked as the Political Director of PowerPAC+; Deputy Political Director of PowerPAC.org; New Media Organizer for the One Nation Working Together campaign; and Field Organizer for the California Democratic Party’s 2008 “Yes We Can” campaign. Currently she is PowerPAC.org’s Development Coordinator, assisting the organization in the design and implementation of its fundraising strategy. Additionally, a self-described data-geek, Edil works with Andy and Michael on crunching and analyzing numbers about electoral patterns and trends and their interrelationship with country’s demographic changes.
Edil is an alumna of American University’s School of Public Affairs, and graduate of their Campaign Management Institute, Women & Politics Institute, and WeLEAD leadership program. In her spare time, Edil likes to travel, try new recipes, and blogs. Follow her blog at http://www.edilmari.com.