Tony Nagatani and Kevin Xu talk about their passion for politics and their Model Majority Podcast. They share what it was like to work as campaign staffers for President Obama, how to amplify the Asian American voice in politics, and why intraparty squabbles have hurt the Democratic party. (Intro: Tragic Nonsense)
Tony Nagatani and Kevin Xu are the founders and hosts of the Model Majority Podcast. Tony was born in Honolulu to an Irish mother and Japanese father, and in between many TV production jobs, he’s worked on a number of political campaigns. Tony worked for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in 2008, registering voters and training volunteers in Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon and North Carolina. In 2010, he served as President Obama’s regional campaign director in Charlotte, NC.
Kevin Xu worked as a field organizer on Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, and later as a policy communications staffer in the White House. Kevin is passionate about applying new technology and human-centric design to solve hard problems for people who need help the most. As such, he currently works as the General Manager of Global Strategy and Operations at PingCAP. Kevin received his law degree from Stanford Law School.