Veterans of the Obama presidential campaigns have founded an initiative, called Inclusv, with the goal of increasing diversity amongst the staff and vendors that power political campaigns. With the 2016 election looming on the horizon, there is no better time to address the enormous lack of diversity on campaigns, in agencies and around U.S. politics in general.
“There has been a lot of dialogue in D.C. around diverse contracting, which is a big gap that needs to be fixed,” Alida Garcia (@leedsgarcia), co-founder of Inclusv and former National Latino Vote Deputy Director of Obama for America said.
“One part of how you fix it from the bottom up is by identifying young leaders now and getting them into these campaigns. They are the future press secretaries, pollsters, and campaign managers who will better understand and work with the communities they seek to engage.”
– Alida Garcia, Co-Founder of Inclusv
“The best way to engage voters that like us is to have people like us who understand our issues on the ground working in our communities,” says Greg Cendana (@gregorycendana), another Inclusv co-founder and executive director of the APALA. “We’re the best messengers to get people engaged and voting.”
Inclusv is not just about employees. They are “focused on ensuring more qualified people of color find jobs” and “aim to open doors for minority-owned businesses as well.” Minority-owned businesses can apply to be added to the vendor database.
Learn more about Inclusv and the initiative here.