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Field Director Andrew Katz

When Andrew K., the new Field Director in Illinois, tuned into then-State Senator Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, he made himself a promise. If Barack Obama ever ran for president, he would do whatever he could to help him.

“I was convinced that he saw the same greatness in America that I did. I knew that he had the judgment and leadership to overcome the challenges that faced our country.”

In 2007, Andrew, like many other Americans, knew that our country needed a change. The challenges America was facing were growing larger and it was becoming more and more apparent that to fix these problems, we not only needed a great leader, but a movement.

Despite the fact that he was working a part-time job and pursuing a master’s degree at DePaul University, Andrew stayed true to his word and attended an organizational meeting for the campaign. Before he knew it, he and his friend found themselves driving from Chicago to Wisconsin, Iowa, and Indiana to canvass.

In early April of 2007, Andrew was offered the opportunity to volunteer full-time in Gary, Indiana. He left his job and didn’t register for spring classes. He had been called to serve.

This experience inspired Andrew dedicate the next 7 months to organizing for Barack Obama.

President Obama’s victory didn’t stop Andrew from organizing. Following the campaign, Andrew organized for Senator Franken’s recount, health care reform, and the 2010 midterm election.

In September, Andrew accepted the opportunity to become a Field Director in Illinois. He is excited and grateful for the chance to support grassroots organizing in the community where he grew up.

As Illinois’ Field Director, Andrew will be working side-by-side with our Fall Fellows, Regional Field Directors, and Community Organizers to ensure that Illinois remains blue in 2012!

During his first week on the job, Andrew met with 26 volunteers from across the state at our Neighborhood Team Convention. Their enthusiasm and great insights got him fired up and ready to go.

Over the next year, check back here for updates and insights from Andrew about the campaign’s progress in Illinois. He and other organizers will be working hard these next few months to continue to build up a grassroots organization across Illinois, and they need your help! Find a local event or sign up to volunteer.

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