Former APIAVote National Field Director Eric Salcedo was tapped by Michael Bloomberg to lead his presidential campaign efforts to win the hearts of Asian American and Pacific Islanders voters as reported by The Yappie in an article.
Earlier this month, Salcedo left his work at the D.C.-based civic engagement nonprofit program and started working as National AAPI Outreach Director out of Bloomberg’s Manhattan headquarters. Previously, he worked as the Asian American Liaison for the Illinois Attorney General.
Salcedo, who’s name is famous in the Asian American advocacy world, has been recruited by Bloomberg to show that the former New York City mayor is indeed serious about making up for lost time in dealing with often ignored AAPI community.
Bloomberg also picked Neha Chatterjee who happens to be Democratic presidential rival Andrew Yang’s Deputy Finance Director. Chatterjee will serve as Deputy National AAPI Director and together with Salcedo, they will both report to the National Constituents and Coalitions Director. As part of the campaign, they are tasked to design a “national multi-level outreach and engagement strategy that recognises the power of a local approach,” according to a Bloomberg campaign job description.
Just recently as well, Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida), who was named as the first Vietnamese American woman to serve in Congress, was appointed as National Campaign Co-Chair. Bloomberg also took time to talk with the members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus on Capitol Hill and later met with AAPI community leaders in Los Angeles.
POLITICO reported recently that Bloomberg has added more than 1,000 people to work on his campaign which includes 700 staffers spread across 33 states.
Top-tier candidates such as Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) have been recruiting staff that is solely dedicated to Asian American community since September last year.