For our sixth installment, we are thrilled to feature Edil De Los Reyes, a rising star in the progressive community. Her talents go way beyond her dedication towards social justice. Training for a marathon and as a member of a performing arts group, she is always creating opportunities for growth. We’re excited to highlight a young woman on the rise!
Field Organizer for California Democratic Party
Everyday you must….
Remind myself to take a moment and enjoy the present. In an environment that requires you to constantly be ready for the next moment, it’s important to self-love and self-care. Always ‘refill your glass’.
I never waste my time on…
Uncompromising, selfish people. There are 7.03 billion individuals on this planet. Find the ones who are down for the cause, and skip the ones who aren’t. You’ll be a happier person.
Something that I do that is Risky:
Snowboarding. Absolutely love the feeling of carving through fresh powder. Risky, but soothing.
I’ve always wanted to:
Open a performing arts studio for youth or a restaurant. Growing up I was surrounded by music and great food. It would be nice to give back to the community through performing arts education or a hearty, comforting meal.
We first met Edil when we were on a panel for the Women’s Information Network (WIN) and she’s a fierce advocate for our progressive values. I’ll always want her on my side!
How else does Edil Rock it Out?
Born and raised by first-generation Filipino immigrants, Edil De Los Reyes is the Political Director of PAC+ and the Deputy Political Director of PowerPAC, a national advocacy organization that ran the country’s largest independent expenditure for then-Senator Obama in 2008. Currently PowerPAC is powering PAC+, a new national PAC focused on many donors, not mega donors. PAC+ is investing in six strategic states for 2012, looking to endorse and help elect Progressive Champions in areas impacted by the demographic revolution. Its goal is to democratize money and politics to give voice to America’s New Majority.
Before joining PowerPAC, Edil ran the California Democratic Party 2008 campaign operations in San Bernardino County. In one of the country’s fastest growing counties, Edil developed civic engagement training plans, implemented new media strategies, and attracted and deployed a volunteer team of youth. Her work helped turn the county “blue” for the first time in modern history. A self-described data-geek, Edil works with PowerPAC’s Dr. Julie Martinez Ortega analyzing numbers about electoral patterns and trends and their interrelationship with the country’s demographic changes.
Edil is a proud alumna of American University, holding a BA from the School of Public Affairs. Follow her on Twitter @mari_delosreyes.