April 24, 2017

Leadership Board Candidate Elizabeth Jenkins

Interested in:
ExCom Positions: Chair; Vice Chair; Secretary; Director of Communications and Information Technology
At-Large Board Member: Women's Caucus Lead; Progressive Caucus Lead; GOTV Lead
Based in: Beijing

I am a registered Democrat in Michigan, where I was born, and a University of Michigan alumna. I first traveled to China in 1999 and started studying Chinese in Kunming at Yunnan Shifan Daxue in 2006. Based in Beijing since October 2012, I worked as the Head of Analytics for Greenpeace East Asia and now take care of my 2-year-old daughter full time. I very much want to see DA China succeed in providing a meaningful way for members to stay actively engaged with the political process back home. I am a veteran of progressive politics and the labor movement, having worked in data and communications for organizations like Planned Parenthood and the Service Employees International Union. I want to offer my skills in technology and communication to strengthen our community and overcome the challenges we face in connecting members across China and in reaching out to long term residents and those who may stay in China for only a short time. I currently volunteer for the Indivisible Guide, helping moderate their online forum for group leaders. I have never run for office of any kind before, but I am motivated by these emerging leaders and feel an obligation to do more. In particular, I see the difference it makes to have techies and women step up to take the lead. I am ready to get to work and mobilize Democrats across China. EMAIL