Avery Arbaugh (he/him), is a second-year Political Science major with a passion for community organizing and policy work surrounding the protection and expansion of social programs and institutions, and the elimination of barriers to access to social aid.
Coming from a low-income background, Avery has focused his work on fostering a working-class movement and enriching advocacy and policy spaces’ understanding of the issues facing marginalized communities.
Avery has previously interned with The Hub Project in Washington D.C. where he drafted multiple weekly internal policy research papers on issues being considered by Congress, and coordinated event planning and messaging guidance with four regional campaigns nationwide in competitive congressional districts.
Back in California, Avery has worked as an electoral campaign organizer on several grassroots local, regional, and national races since 2018, where rapidly developing campaign circumstances fostered adaptability and a diverse skill set, ranging from financial management to constituent outreach.
Avery has also worked extensively as a Democratic Party organizer, as the co-founder and vice-president of the Humboldt Young Democrats, and as an Associate Member of the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee.
Most recently, Avery has worked as the Political Director of the Cal Berkeley Democrats, where he has coordinated with over a dozen endorsed local, state, and congressional electoral campaigns, led union solidarity efforts, driven membership turnout at local public comments, drafted club position statements on local policy developments, and provided voter information to thousands of UC Berkeley students.
Major(s): Political Science
Minor(s): Public Policy