Social Venture Evangelist


Published October 30, 2017

Amy Chiou cultivates the virtues of democracy. She has been a staff volunteer on dozens of electoral campaigns at all levels of political engagement. She is former deputy director of the convention complex for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. She is the founder of #WTFwevote, a non-partisan organization that seeks to 'increase the number of people who care enough to take action' in the political process. Amy is also executive director of Queen City Forward, a community of social entrepreneurs, civic innovators and change-makers. QCF seeks to tackle significant 'social challenges with innovation, creativity, curiosity and optimism that defines entrepreneurs.' Amy earned her undergraduate degree in government at the University of Texas-Austin and a law degree at The George Washington University Law School.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in politics and social entrepreneurism, and engaging the world with curiosity and joy. 


  • Amy discusses the distinction between politics and governing.

  • She talks about the best and worst parts of politics in America today and what we might do about it.

  • She shares why political discourse is so difficult, what is critical about politics, and the challenge of facts and feelings in our conversations.

  • Amy reveals how being a child of an immigrant family and growing up in Texas has shaped who she is today.

  • She discusses the privileges and challenges of being an Asian American woman and the value and limitations of identity politics.

  • Amy addresses what tough conversations we need to have in politics.

  • She shares a vision she has for herself and whether she wants to run for office.

  • Amy reveals the big question she is thinking about, what most people don't know about her, and the campaign the world needs right now.

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts.