- The political action committee has appointed Shehn Datta as the National Political Director, while Vaibhav Jain has been named National Outreach Director.
The AAPI Victory Fund has hired two Indian Americans to top posts ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The political action committee has appointed Shehn Datta as the National Political Director, while Vaibhav Jain has been named National Outreach Director. Their appointments are part of the fund’s efforts to educate, empower, and mobilize the 11 million-strong AAPI community and ensure that the community’s diverse electorate is represented.
According to AAPI Victory Fund president and CEO Brad Jenkins, both Datta and Jain can help the AAPI community reach its potential and save the future of our democracy. “We, at AAPI Victory Fund, are so excited to have Shehn Datta and Vaibhav Jain join our team as National Political Director and National Outreach Director, respectively. These two individuals have dedicated their time, resources, and lives to empowering communities and ensuring our democracy works for everyone.”
Datta joins AAPI Victory Fund with “over a decade of experience and expertise in advocacy, creating collaborative spaces, and movement building,” Jenkins said in the AAPI Victory Fund press release. “As National Political Director, we look forward to strategizing with her to build AAPI political power across the country,” Jenkins added.
Jain has been an integral member of the AAPI Victory Fund, dating back to his organizing work on the 2021 U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia, Jenkins said. “Thanks to Vaibhav, we have expanded engagement with diverse community groups across the country, increased our digital footprint, and are better positioned to mobilize key blocs of AAPI voters in upcoming elections.”
In a statement, Datta said she was elated to join AAPI Victory Fund and “join in on their efforts to engage and empower progressive AAPI voters to be the margin of victory at all levels of the ballot. This year’s elections are going to steer the direction of our democracy, making it more important than ever to band together and get out the vote.”
Jain said as an immigrant has learned that “America’s promises of equality, opportunity, and freedom are not a guarantee. They are commitments that must be renewed by each successive generation. Civic engagement and participation in democratic processes are what bind us together and strengthen our union.”