Alton focuses on the intersections of community engagement, strategic communications, and policy advocacy.
I am currently a J.D. Candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in the Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.
In the 2018 election cycle, I led Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) outreach for the California Democratic Party, implementing a direct voter contact program that included calling thousands of AAPI voters in-language and translating key resources into Asian languages.
Previously, I served as the Assistant Director for AAPI Data, a data project that seeks to make demographic data and research on AAPIs more accessible, and simultaneously as Assistant Director for the Center for Social Innovation at the University of California, Riverside, which aims to provide a credible research voice that spurs civic leadership and policy innovation in Inland California.
I've also been a Policy Advisor for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), coordinating Caucus press and working to ensure that policy issues facing AAPIs were addressed on Capitol Hill.
Prior to CAPAC, I managed communications and development for Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), where I focused on engaging and mobilizing AAPIs in electoral and civic participation.
Based in the San Gabriel Valley in the Greater Los Angeles area, I studied sociology and government at Wesleyan University, where I taught a for-credit course on Asian American history.
I formerly served on the Board of Advisors for 18 Million Rising (18MR), and as a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL).
In the News
"As a community advocate, Alton Wang says he's inspired by young leaders who are determined to advancing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.."
"It can perceived that politics may not be something that is a safe field to be engaging in, but the reality is that in order to advance the needs our communities and to help shape the future of this country, we have to get politically active."
THE Washington Post
"If Yang wants to advance Asian American life as he purports to do, he should be working to dismantle the model-minority myth, not activating age-old tropes to connect to voters."
WNYC’S THE TAKEAWAY
“They join the program to discuss what this moment says about the various concerns and aspirations of the Asian American community.”
Angry Asian Man
"I believe our histories, while they may not always be as inclusive as they need to be, ground us in where we stand today and guide us as we look to the future. This is why Asian American history has been so important to the development of my racial and social consciousness."
"He wants his fellow classmates, and the students who come after him to better understand the stories of racism and discrimination woven in the fabric of Asian-American history."
The American Prospect
Will Asian Americans Vote?
"What’s more important is that it’s erasing the stigma of being engaged in the political process, while also building the next generation of leaders."
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