Bio: Bill Wong | 黃健安
Bill Wong is a consultant that specializes in helping clients overcome complex policy and political challenges with precisely executed aggressive, creative and asymmetric tactics and strategies.
His firm has advised large employers, labor organizations, political action committees, and candidates for local, state and federal office. His firm provides services that include grassroots organizing, independent expenditure campaigns, fundraising, PAC direction, ethnic voter targeting, and messaging. Among other clients, Bill serves as a senior political advisor to California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Political Director for the California Assembly Democrats.
Bill is also an expert in mobilizing the emergent advocacy, voting and fundraising power of California’s Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. As a result, he has established unparalleled relationships with federal, state and local AAPI elected officials and community-based organizations throughout the state. In 2010, Bill was tapped by the California Labor Federation to advise on its Million More Voters independent expenditure campaign to help reach AAPI undecided voters. With Bill's help, the California Labor Federation's effort swung AAPI voters toward supporting Democrat Jerry Brown that amounted to a 30%-plus shift from the previous partisan AAPI voting pattern in the 2006 state gubernatorial election.
In his various capacities, he has played a role in major dark horse election victories such as Judy Chu’s successful special election campaign for Congress in California (2009), John Chiang’s bid for California State Controller (2006), Paul Fong’s bid for State Assembly (2008), Warren Furutani’s bid for State Assembly (2007), and Mike Eng’s bid for Assembly (2006). He also worked directly in organizing AAPI support that contributed to victories for numerous statewide ballot initiatives. In addition, he has played a key role in facilitating the appointment of AAPI leaders to state and federal judicial and administrative positions.
Bill has nearly three decades of legislative experience that includes serving as Chief of Staff to State Assembly Member Anthony Rendon, Chief of Staff to State Assembly Member Judy Chu, Chief of Staff to State Senator Hilda L. Solis, and Legislative Director to State Assembly Member Mike Honda.
During his tenure in the Legislature, Bill successfully developed and guided to passage millions of dollars in state budget funding for essential health and human services programs and groundbreaking legislation on Asian and Pacific Islander issues, wildlife conservation, revenue and taxation policy, and hate crime enforcement. Mr. Wong also worked over three years as a registered contract lobbyist where he represented community-based consumer organizations and labor interests on legislation relating to taxation, health, child support, domestic violence, public utilities, rent control, and toxics.
Other notable political and legislative experience includes work coordinating the transition for State Controller John Chiang in 2006-07 and coordinating his inauguration, chairing the Judy Chu Board of Equalization Inaugural Committee, serving as Sacramento Regional Coordinator for Kerry Edwards in 2004, serving as Chief Consultant to the California State Senate Subcommittee on Asia Trade and Commerce, serving as Associate Committee Consultant to the California State Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs; and coordinating the statewide field outreach for Proposition 167 in 1992.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor degree in Asian American Studies at the University of California at Davis. He has also served as a guest lecturer for the University of California at Davis and has been a guest on public radio and on Current TV's War Room with Jennifer Granholm as a Democratic strategist and expert on AAPI voters.
Bill Wong has held leadership positions in numerous state and local community organizations and civic commissions including: Board Member for Chinese for Affirmative Action, Advisor for the Asian Pacific Islander Capital Association, Board Member of the Asian Pacific American Leadership Project, Board Member of My Sister’s House API Domestic Violence Shelter, United States Electoral College (2000) California Elector (Appointed by Rep. Hilda Solis), Member of the Sacramento Mayor’s Citizen Commission on Campaign Finance Reform, President of the Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center, Vice President Chinese American Council of Sacramento, Founding Member of the Council of Asian Pacific Islanders Together for Advocacy & Leadership, Sacramento City Planning Commissioner, and Sacramento County Human Rights and Fair Housing Commissioner.
Bill has also received numerous awards for campaigns and community service, including: Campaigns & Elections Magazine's Reed Award, California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus API Heritage Month Award for Public Service, California Democratic Party API Caucus Trailblazer Award, Asian Pacific Community Counseling Community Hero Award, Asian Enterprise Magazine Special Advocate of the Year Award, Asian Pacific Islander Capitol Association Unsung Hero Award, California State Assembly Resolutions (Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, Assembly Members Judy Chu and Mike Honda), California State Senate Resolution (State Senator Hilda L. Solis), Greenlining Coalition “Big Foot” Award, Planned Parenthood Guardian of Choice Award, and National Asian Women’s Health Organization Champion of Women & Families.