From Mobilize the Immigrant Vote!
MIV is thrilled to welcome long-time partner and ally, Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), to the MIV Statewide Strategy Council. Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association educates, organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people. We would also like to share the newest additions to MIV’s senior statewide staff team: Martha Figueroa, Political Director, and Rebecca Concepcion Apostol, Capacity Building Manager.
Ms. Figueroa joined MIV from Brave New Films/Foundation, where she worked as the Communications Director. During her tenure, Brave New Films was featured regularly and prominently on national cable, online, and print outlets such as MSNBC, Huffington Post and Telemundo. Previously, Ms. Figueroa spent over six years in the labor movement. She worked for SEIU as the Southern California Political Coordinator/Assistant Director where she managed several statewide and local electoral campaigns, as well as in the capacity of Bilingual Communications Coordinator on several worker organizing campaigns. She is a graduate of the New School where she received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy.
Ms. Apostol hails from the world of stiff backs and old coffee, also known as the campaign life. Growing up in Sacramento, she became involved in electoral politics at the age of nine when she volunteered for her first campaign. After graduating Cum Laude from UCLA, she joined the leading political communications firm MSHC Partners, Inc. for the exciting 2008 election cycle. She has since worked on numerous campaigns throughout the state, completing her last cycle in March 2011. Ms. Apostol serves as the National Field Director for KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress, working to move the Filipino community toward progressive change and helping train, support and elect leaders to fill the political pipeline.