Today’s guest is Tamer Mokhtar.
Tamer is a Partner at Investing in US and the Founder, All Americans Vote
Established in 2017, Investing in US (IIU) took on the task of establishing a data-informed hypothesis about how risk capital could offer the greatest leverage in the world of electoral politics. As a partner at IIU, Tamer and his team utilize a venture capital model in examining hundreds of organizations to determine which are mission-aligned and capable of bringing about scaled impact in the areas of technology integration into voter mobilization efforts, digital media/messaging, and turnout.
Concurrently, Tamer founded All Americans Vote (AAV), which focuses on non-partisan efforts to engage America’s electorate by elevating turnout among young and diverse voters. In 2018, All Americans Vote ran turnout tests across two states that brought together a coalition of about a dozen organizations. By sponsoring nearly 2,000 election day poll parties (and a series of activities in the lead-up to election day), AAV attempted to bring about a culture shift in how Americans celebrate the franchise of voting. This experiment will continue through 2020.
Prior to his work with Investing in US and All Americans Vote, Tamer spent two decades in direct marketing, quant based sales management, corporate sales, and executive leadership at both nonprofit and for-profit entities, most recently The Advisory Board Company and The Education Advisory Board (EAB). Tamer is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he and I met and became friends over 20 years ago.
Tam is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. For those of you who are familiar with the Divine 9 Black Greek Letter Organizations, you know that we are unofficially brother & sister organization due to the marital connections of our founders. Tam and I met in Virginia while we were both still in college thru our respective organizations and we have remained friends since.
Tam is a brilliant man and has always not only been incredibly driven and incredibly committed to the fight for equality for Black & brown people in America — but he has also always been an incredibly kind soul who was always easy to talk to. Both of these are what led to pivot out of corporate life and into the work of full-time political activism.
In this episode, we discuss the following:
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Hugely powerful podcast.
What a great way to shed light on these issues.
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