Washington, DC: A 30-year-old Indian-American youth from New Jersey has played a key role in organizing the Indian-American and the diverse Asian American community for the Biden campaign ahead of the November 3 US presidential election.
Amit Jani, who served as the campaign’s National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Director for the Biden Campaign, was responsible for direct community outreach, political engagement, helping to craft policy for the community, media relations and more with the AAPI community.
The AAPI community represents over 50 ethnicities, hundreds of languages spoken and a diverse array of issue areas and priorities amongst each ethnic group.
Jani joined the Biden campaign early in the primary season, when there were over a dozen competitors and candidates running for president.
In the months after joining the Biden campaign, Jani built a national infrastructure far unprecedented in any modern political campaign, with over 14 ethnic affinity groups, state leadership councils in most key battleground states, paid media and digital advertising in seven figures, campaigning in over 20 AAPI languages, including over six Indian languages, managed a team of over a dozen national and state directors, and built a volunteer organization of over 300 active members.
Jani helped to craft policy platforms for both the AAPI and Indian American community, held hundreds of events and engagements, pushed to have campaign materials translated in language, and helped to create South Asians For Biden, which has since served as the umbrella organization for groups such as Indian Americans For Biden, Hindu Americans For Biden, Sikh Americans For Biden, Jain Americans For Biden, and several others.
“I think we’re going to have record turnout, and it is because of the incredible effort that (Amit) and (his) team have put in, and the way (they) have mobilized and inspired the community across the United States,” Nisha Biswal, president of the US-India Business Council and former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, had said before the election in a video posted on social media, recognizing Jani’s role in the election.