Paolo Esteban, is a recent graduate from Portland State University with a degree in International Studies and Business. Shortly after, he was nominated by APANO to join the Bus Project’s Politicorps program where he hit the ground running in a ten-week organizers boot camp. Afterwards he was able to land a job with APANO as their field organizer. With many years of experience advocating for under represented communities as well as communities of color, it is still very easy for Paolo to find inspiration for this work coming from a family of immigrants from the Philippines. He is very passionate about fighting for his communities and making sure their voices are heard in Oregon’s political system, and is excited to work with the APANO family to bring social justice to all the Asian and Pacific Islanders across the state.
Paolo works to build a strong base of Asian Pacific Islander (API) college students in a group called Classroom to Community or C2C. The purpose of the group is to create leadership development opportunities for younger generations, create a space to influence APANO’s direction as an organization, and build autonomy to create change that tackles issues affecting API students. Paolo also supports the work of the JADE team, by engaging API residents living in the JADE district in order to promote a higher standard of living.
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