An alumnus of our organizing fellows program, Leah is now a field organizer in Charlotte. We sat down with Leah to learn more about her experience as a fellow.
Be an Organizing Fellow. Leah Hill, Fall 2011
Current role: Field Organizer with OFA-NC Charlotte
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Song that gets Leah fired up and ready to go: Kanye West’s “Stronger.”
Q: What do you currently do for the Campaign?
A: I am a Field Organizer in Charlotte. My job is to reach out to supporters, to recruit volunteers, and to help turn out voters for President Obama and other Democrats in November.
Q: How did being a fellow prepare you for your current leadership role?
A: I didn’t know what it meant to be a community organizer before I became a fellow. I had also never worked on a campaign, so my learning curve was pretty steep. The experience of being a fellow helped me develop the skills necessary to be a leader on the ground on both campaigns and in my community. As a fellow, I learned how to engage community members, build critical relationships and do the hard work that a grassroots campaign like ours is all about.
Q: What’s the best part of your job?
A: I love meeting new people and knowing that the relationships I am building will make a big difference in Charlotte this November.
I also know that I am doing really important work. Helping someone vote for the first time is a really special feeling and a tremendous responsibility. I wouldn’t know that feeling without working with this amazing organization. It’s given me a great sense of personal responsibility and ownership over the direction of my community.
Q: Why should someone apply to be a fellow?
A: The fellows program is a unique opportunity to be a part of a bigger movement committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Americans. The skills you learn as a fellow are applicable to so many different future professional and personal opportunities. There won’t ever be campaign like this, so the chance to be a part of the grassroots campaign is something I am forever grateful for and will remember for the rest of my life.
Q: Tell us one unique fact about yourself.
A: I can’t carry a tune but when I’m driving alone in my car I have a great voice!
Q: What’s the one thing on your work desk that tells the most about you as a person?
A: My desk is a lot like me in that it is a work in progress...