David Opong-Wadee '12
David Opong-Wadee, from Washington DC, is a Class of 2012 alumnus of Grinnell College. While attending Grinnell, he majored in Political Science, with a concentration in American Studies. David began his political career as an intern in the DC office of former US Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), before eventually serving as a legislative intern in the Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Upon graduating, David took his first job as a field organizer with the Delaware Democrats. Shortly thereafter, he joined President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, in Dubuque, Iowa, assisting a successful push for the president's second term. Upon returning to DC after the election, David joined the office of US Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) as a staff assistant, and quickly rose to the position of Legislative Assistant. As a Congressional staffer, David began handling issues such as Education, Health Care, Small Business, Workforce Development, as well as Appropriations requests for the Congressman. After almost three years on Capitol Hill, David returned to campaigns, working as senior staff--Southern Regional Political Director--to former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley during his campaign for President. Following the end of O'Malley's campaign, David returned to DC to start his own campaign consulting firm--Forward Progress, LLC--assisting with strategy and field operation for multiple elections ranging from city council and mayoral races to Congressional primaries. He is currently working as a Regional Director for a non-partisan voter registration campaign in Florida. David's commitment to public service has guided his career. He remains focused on the strong foundation of social justice that he received at his alma mater, while looking to civically engage millennials towards shaping a more inclusive, equitable future.