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.
Bill currently consults for non-profit organizations and serves as a senior political advisor to California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Political Director for the California Assembly Democrats. As the Political Director of the California Assembly Democrats, Bill led efforts resulting in the election of the largest Democratic super majorities in the state Assembly in modern state history.
Bill also has over 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, Legislative Director to State Assembly Member Mike Honda, lobbyist for Lenny Golberg & Associates, and consultant to various organizations.
During his tenure as staff 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.
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.