April 24, 2017

Leadership Board Candidate Patrick Cranley

Interested in
ExCom Positions: Undeclared
At-Large Board Member: Advisor, At-Large Member
Based in: Shanghai

I have been active in "get-out-the-expat-vote" activities here in Shanghai for nearly two decades, and have also organized voter registration and platform development events  in years past.  As the involvement of Dems Abroad in the DNC's activities have increased -- and as the political situation in the U.S. has deteriorated -- I have become more motivated to become involved in DA China. The establishment of the DA China Board of Directors is a welcome development and I hope to put my leadership experience in business and social organizations to work to ensure that the voices of Americans in China are heard loud and clear in the halls of power.

I first came to China as a graduate student (MA/MBA U Mich) in 1986 and returned as an executive with CIGNA, a Fortune 100 financial services company, in 1995. After two years in Beijing, I moved with my family to Shanghai and became involved in the leadership of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, serving as a board member, Treasurer, Vice Chair, Chairman and head of the Nominations and Elections Committee. During my time on the AmCham Shanghai board, we quadrupled membership, professionalized management and raised the profile of the organization in Shanghai and Washington, D.C.

In 2001, my wife Tina and I established AsiaMedia, a marketing and communications firm that assists companies large and small in developing their market strategies, branding and public relations capabilities. Our networks in China business and media circles are broad and deep, and I'd like to activate these networks in the interests of Democrats Abroad and Americans everywhere.

Tina and I also founded and continue to lead Historic Shanghai, dedicated to raising awareness of the value of the city's unique historic, cultural and built heritage. This project has helped us to learn how to create, build and sustain a public interest organization; to attract, train and motivate volunteers; and to evaluate and navigate complex political environments.

I'd like to put my experience in organizational leadership, issues management and multi-channel communication to work for Democrats Abroad China. Thanks in advance for your encouragement and support. EMAIL