Vice President | In Touch Strategies, Inc.
This month, AAPC caught up with new Young Professional Member, Tasi Hogan.
Tasi Hogan is the Vice President of In Touch Strategies, Inc. and President of Tasi Hogan Strategies, LLC. Specializing in political fundraising, campaign management and communications, she has helped elect some of Central Florida’s most prominent public servants, including Orange County’s first African American Mayor, Jerry Demings, and the Florida Legislature’s first Puerto Rican father-daughter duo, Senator Victor M. Torres Jr. and Representative Amy Mercado. She was a Digital Organizing Team Leader with Hillary for America in 2016. Tasi is currently the Campaign Manager for Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s re-election campaign.
Tasi serves as a Young Professionals Board Member for Orange County Florida’s only domestic violence shelter, The Harbor House of Central Florida, and is a member of the nonpartisan Florida-based political group, Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida, and the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida. She is a former member of the California State University, San Bernardino Communications Department Alumni Council.
Tasi holds a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Central Florida, a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communication from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from California State University, San Bernardino.
Born and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, Tasi is an avid traveler who has visited all seven continents and spends her time between campaign cycles exploring new countries. She lives in Winter Park, Florida with her husband, two dogs and rabbit.
AAPC: Tell me how you first got involved in politics.
Tasi: Growing up on Guam, my father was politically involved so he and I would attend campaign events for the Governor of Guam and members of the Guam Legislature. It wasn’t until I volunteered with a presidential campaign while in college that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in politics.
AAPC: What was your first impression of the industry? What is your impression now?
Tasi: I was initially impressed by the profound impact one person can have on the outcome of a political race. I am constantly impressed by the tenacity and passion of political staffers and volunteers who work tirelessly to support their candidate.
AAPC: What do you find most challenging about working in politics?
Tasi: The work-life balance is the most challenging thing about working in politics. The job is demanding and the hours are long. The spouses and families of political consultants don’t receive enough credit.
AAPC: What do you wish other people knew about political consulting?
Tasi: In my experience, the political consulting industry is not as polarized or hyper-partisan as people might assume. I work with both Democrats and Republicans and my friends in the industry represent candidates from both parties. Most of us aren’t partisan idealogues — in my experience, we tend to be pragmatic advisors working hard to get good people elected.
AAPC: What might your colleagues be surprised to know about you?
Tasi: I am an avid traveler and have visited all seven continents. My next travel goal is to visit all 50 states by the time I turn 30.
AAPC: What do you think will change about the political consulting industry over the next five years?
Tasi: I’m interested to see how technology will impact the industry. I believe that communications, social media, AI, autonomous vehicles and other advancements will radically change how voters and candidates interact, and ultimately improve our democratic process.
AAPC: Why did you join AAPC?
Tasi: I enjoy being a part of nonpartisan political groups and look forward to the networking and learning opportunities that my membership with AAPC will bring.
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