Getting there: Jessica Boling

Jessica Boling
Director of community engagement, Asian American and Pacific Islander
Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee
Age: 35
Hometown: Coupeville, Washington     
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Seattle University and master’s from Boston College
Previous position: Director of operations at Silicon Pastures Angel Investor Network

What drew you to the role?

“My background is central to who I am — both in a personal and professional capacity —and I have always been passionate about the role the AAPI community should play in civic society. The DNC presents an opportunity to bring together various Asian communities in Milwaukee, and I knew that by becoming involved with the work at the Host Committee, I could help to ensure those communities are both represented by and feel the economic impact associated with the convention.”

Favorite part about the job?

“I am constantly learning more about the city and the narrative and contributions of the different Asian communities who live and work here. There is such a rich history evident in Milwaukee’s AAPI community, and I am honored to be in a position where I’m responsible for building relationships with those who have experienced it firsthand.”

What’s been challenging?

“The time frame. We’re moving quickly to ensure the convention is a success for Wisconsinites and convention guests alike. Specifically, the team I work with is responsible for recruiting 15,000 volunteers in an extremely short period of time.”

Ultimate career goal?

“One of my ultimate career goals is to run a venture fund that focuses exclusively on female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color. I want to leave a legacy that uplifts the AAPI community and increases our visibility and representation.”

What do you like to do outside of work?

“I love to travel, practice yoga, and of course, spend time with my close friends.”

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