Meet Grace

Grace was born and raised in New York City, attended public schools, and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1997. After attending Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, she served as a public interest lawyer before being elected to represent Queens in the New York State Assembly in 2008 and the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012.

As a DNC Vice Chair, Grace has focused her efforts on representing new and diverse constituencies within the Democratic Party. During the 2016 presidential campaign, she focused her efforts on turning out voters in the major Asian American communities, resulting in almost double the rate of early voter turnout in those communities—and a dramatic increase in the number of non-English and new media outlets with which the DNC communicated.

In Congress, Grace has focused her legislative efforts on vulnerable women and children as well as America’s minority and rural communities. She is a founding member and Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Kids’ Safety Caucus, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Leadership PAC, and a member of the Democratic Future Forum.

Grace has raised almost $4.5 million in contributions during the past 4 years of her federal political career. She was chosen to lead the CAPAC Leadership PAC, ASPIRE PAC, at the beginning of 2016.

Through her AT THE TABLE! PAC, Grace supported 11 successful minority candidates in their elections to federal office in 2016. She also serves as an original member of the Board of Directors of EQUALITY PAC, the political arm of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, of which she is also a member.

Grace lives in Queens with her husband Wayne and their two sons, Tyler and Brandon.

I believe it is imperative that the DNC:

LISTEN.

  • Engage in a national listening tour of voters, local party leaders, activists, and supporters.
  • Host regular coordinating meetings between the DNC, DCCC, DSCC, DGA, and DLCC.
  • Survey the needs of state parties and local organizations.
  • Implement new ways for elected officials to relay concerns and observations.
  • Provide the public an opportunity to submit comments at democrats.org.

INSPIRE.

  • Create a permanent surrogate program similar to that in place during a presidential cycle.
  • Identify new candidates and ensure that a Democrat runs in every race.
  • Share all talking points, graphics, and notable news in a manner suited for social media.
  • Increase voter turnout by developing county, as well as state, based strategies.
  • Involve supporting organizations such as labor more directly in decision-making.
  • Pursue new opportunities to reach new voters through non-English media outlets.

NURTURE.

  • Fundraise, and then invest in state and local parties, as if America’s future depends on it.
  • Deploy DNC staff to strategic areas of the nation long-term, as requested.
  • Dedicate specific DNC staff to specific communities of interest.
  • Prioritize field, GOTV, and training spending.
  • Disseminate best practices to interested organizers, fundraisers, and candidates.

LEAD.

  • Register more Democrats than ever, and oppose all anti-democratic redistricting efforts.
  • Challenge voter suppression and lead voter protection efforts.
  • Develop more user-friendly and affordable canvassing platforms and polling services.
  • Generate accountability metrics for every DNC department and staffer.
  • Create new in-house capabilities for polling, fundraising, and media consulting.

Endorsements

Stuart Applebaum

President, Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union

Anita Bonds

Chair, Democratic Party of Washington DC

Byron Brown

Chair, Democratic Party of New York


Rep. Judy Chu

27th District
California

Governor Andrew Cuomo

State of New York

Ana Cuprill

Chair, Democratic Party of Wyoming


Héctor Figueroa

President, 32BJ SEIU

Earl Fowlkes

Chair, DNC LGBT Caucus

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator, State of New York


George Gresham

President, 1199SEIU

Debra Haaland

Chair, Democratic Party of New Mexico

Carl Heastie

Speaker, New York State Assembly


Gilberto Hinojosa

Chair,
Democratic Party of Texas

Rep. Steny Hoyer

5th District
Maryland

E. L. Kinch

Chair,
Democratic Party of Kansas


Andrew Lachman

Chair, DNC Small Business Council

Rep. Barbara Lee

13th District
California

Bel Leong-Hong

Chair, DNC Asian American and Pacific Islander Caucus


Rep. John Lewis

5th District
Georgia

Marvin McMoore

National President, College Democrats of America

D. Bruce Poole

Chair, Democratic Party of Maryland


Betty Richie

Chair, DNC Rural Council

Sen. Chuck Schumer

U.S. Senate Minority Leader, State of New York

Alexis Tameron

Chair, Democratic Party of Arizona


Peter Ward

President, Hotel and Motel Trades Council

Rep. Maxine Waters

43rd District
California

Randi Weingarten

President, American Federation of Teachers

Nancy Worley

Chair,
Democratic Party of Alabama

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

AFL-CIO

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