Andrew Wong, President
Andy, 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’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.
Pierre Barolette, Director of Special Programs
Pierre has over 20 years of experience working on all levels of in political campaigning. A founder and Principal at Barolette, Ong and Silva a political consulting firm in San Francisco, Pierre drove a number of city wide political campaigns and built a reputation for thoughtful analysis and strategic insight. He also worked for several departments for the City and County of San Francisco, as a deputy to the Assessor, the Director of the Human Resources and as Deputy Director of the Department of Elections.
Pierre is a founding member of PowerPAC.org serving on the Advisory Board. He has actively worked has for twenty years on issues of social justice working as the development director of The United States Student Association as the National Field Director for the National Rainbow Coalition, and driving independent expenditures with the DNC. He has also worked on several national campaigns.
Pierre is an avid photography enthusiast, soccer coach and contemporary science fiction fan. He is also native of New Yorker and the now the proud soccer Dad of three native San Franciscans.
Edil Mari De Los Reyes, Political Director
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+; 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 Political Director, assisting the organization in the design and implementation of its campaigns and strategies. Additionally, a self-described data-geek, Edil works with the PowerPAC team 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 a 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 blog. Read her stuff on http://www.edilmari.com.
Marvin Randolph, President of Southern Elections Fund
Marvin Randolph is the leading Black voter mobilization expert in America. In 2012, as Senior Vice President for Campaigns for the NAACP, he was responsible for the This Is My Vote! program which succeeded in registering 375,618 voters of color. This was the most successful voter registration drive in NAACP history. It also resulted in the greatest number of new voters via a field operation in the country in 2012.
A nationally recognized expert in voter registration, voter contact and Get Out The Vote operations, Marvin has worked on over 120 campaigns in 31 states. He is the former National Director of Project Vote and former Organizing Director for the Center for Community Change.
Shirley Burke, Office Manager
Shirley 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.