Asian American Action Fund Celebrates Historic Hiring of AAPI Presidential Campaign Managers

February 20, 2019

AAAF Celebrates Historic Hiring of AAPI Presidential Campaign Managers

Momentous Progress in Representation for Senators Warren and Sanders presidential campaigns

The board of the Asian American Action Fund congratulates and celebrates the historic hiring of Roger Lau to helm Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign and of Faiz Shakir to head Senator Sanders’ presidential campaign. Lau previously served as Sen. Warren’s chief of staff and brings experience on John Kerry’s 2004 presidential bid. Shakir was most recently National Political Director for the ACLU and advised Sen. Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and the Center for American Progress.  

It is the first time in history that a major presidential campaign, much less two front runners for the Democratic nominee have chosen Asian Americans to manage their presidential campaigns. 

“Personnel is policy, and our community sees Warren and Sanders putting AAPIs in the driver’s seat. Representation matters tremendously, and we look forward to other campaigns elevating AAPIs to top decisionmaking levels,” said Paul Tiao, AAAF Co-Founder. 

“We’re thrilled that Senators Warren and Sanders have AAPI campaign managers, and that AAPIs will continue to lead the fight to take back the White House.” 

While AAAF board members have individual preferences, we are uniformly excited to see AAPIs performing at an unprecedented level. 


The Asian American Action Fund ( is an American Democratic political action committee founded in 1999. AAAFund’s goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in every level of local, state and federal government in the United States. 

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