Sonia Van Meter
AAPC caught up with our very own, Power of Women: Voters, Candidates & Consultants Planning Committee Member, Sonia Van Meter, Managing Partner at Stanford Campaigns.
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AAPC: Tell us about yourself and what you do.
Sonia: I’m the managing partner of Stanford Campaigns, a national democratic opposition research firm. Been doing this for 9 years now and loving just about every second of it.
AAPC: When did you become an AAPC member and what prompted you to join?
Sonia: I joined AAPC about 5 years ago when I became a partner at my firm. It was a great way to learn more about other aspects of the political consulting industry, and a brilliant tool for networking.
AAPC: Tell us about your volunteer experience with AAPC–what you’ve worked on in the past or upcoming projects.
Sonia: A few years ago I got a taste of volunteering with AAPC when I wanted to get a few additional awards added to the Pollies. I enjoyed the experience so much I then decided to join the steering committee for the most recent Power of Women in Politics conference. It was great working with that team, and certainly one of the best bi-partisan efforts I’ve ever been a part of.
AAPC: Why did you decide to become a volunteer?
Sonia: There’s so much benefit to being a member of AAPC I felt like I had to do something to help the organization grow its membership. Reaching out to up-and-coming women consultants on this last women-centered event was just the opportunity I was waiting for.
AAPC: What is your favorite part about being a volunteer?
Sonia: Collaborating with consultants I wouldn’t usually get to work with because we’re on opposite sides of the political aisle.
AAPC: How has volunteering with AAPC impacted your career?
Sonia: Positively! I’ve met wonderful and deeply engaged people every time I interact with AAPC, and certainly helped me sharpen my professional skills and broaden my political perspective.
AAPC: What is the benefit of volunteering with AAPC?
Sonia: You’ll learn new ways of problem solving, meet others dedicated to service, and probably even raise your own profile just a teeny bit.
AAPC: Why do you think it is important to give back to the industry?
Sonia: Political consultants are a small but extremely important community. If we don’t help each other, train each other, and learn from each other along the way, the entire industry suffers.