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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 51

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Patrick Koppula

Government Innovation Consultant
328 votes (1.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ask the right questions
  • Put people before policy or politics
  • Prepare for change



Dear Voter:


My name is Patrick Koppula and I love calling this district home. I moved here seven years ago and am a member of the LAUSD PTA with two children in a district school (Eagle Rock Elementary). I jump-started collaborative relationships between Occidental College students and neighborhood stakeholders through teaching a class on civic innovation. Similarly, I dug into the issue of housing displacement in Highland Park by coaching a data workshop for KPCC. Throughout Los Angeles, I've organized for making city services simpler through technology (Hack for LA), operational support for those launching innovative businesses that create the jobs of the future (CrossCampus), enriching low income K-12 student's education with learning how to start a business (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship LA), and chipping away at the discrimination that makes it harder for some groups to take part in these opportunities (partnering with and the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center for instance). This was the start of my commitment to reaching a prosperous future that includes us all.


I will have walked 100s of miles in our neighborhoods and knocked on 3000-7000 doors to introduce myself during this campaign. Having met our them face-to-face, I’m grateful for how lucky we are to live among our neighbors. I’m hopeful because I’m led to believe that most of them, from all backgrounds, will vote with us today.


I'm also on Facebook Live Sunday - Thursday at 9:15 at for anyone to stop by for a chat.


I'm eager to go out to meet more of you face-to-face next year as a Member of the State Assembly. If you’d like us to meet, please send a message to with your location in the district. I’ll do this because there is no substitute for getting to know each other if we mean to design policies in a people-centered way.


Thanks for your consideration! I am proud to call this part of Los Angeles home for my family of four and to be a part of our community


Here's some highlights of my relevant experience

  • Environmental Health & Climate Change Scientist at Harvard University
  • Overnight Director for a Homeless Shelter
  • Municipal Finance Analyst
  • Entertainment Technology Founder & Executive
  • ( and other startups)
  • Launch team of Hack for LA
  • Obama White House Presidential Innovation Fellow




Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $566

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of UW
Employees of Google

More information about contributions

By State:

Washington 55.83%
California 44.17%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


Last year I served on behalf of the Obama White House as a Presidential Innovation Fellow. I partnered with government leaders to catalyze innovation in government. The experience changed my outlook of what is possible in government and renewed my optimism. I have clarity about what it will take to stop the political power feuds that are spoiling our chance at a prosperous future that includes us all. I'm confident we can ramp up a policy-making engine that puts the needs of people at the center and delivers measurable impact on problems blocking our way. I'm clear and confident - despite the chaos in the Federal government - because I think the key opportunity now is in state government.


So, I became a candidate for California State Assembly in the 51st District on a mission to upgrade government. It's an uncommon thing to do but I did it because I think this is an uncommon opportunity to make progress on this mission. My district is a good testing ground because it is a microcosm of California. There's no incumbent and no party favorite in the race, because it is a Special Election and no sitting elected is a candidate. We are motivating our voters with a message about upgrading government because they know the futility of reaching for the future using the tools of the past. With the campaign, we are increasing demand for policy makers to use problem solving approaches that lead to breakthrough innovation and resilience. With a win, we will start piloting a future-oriented policy making approach that will get us faster to prosperity that includes us all.


Please take a moment to look at to learn more about the campaign. I'm hoping for the chance to earn your support for our mission. Please also feel free to email or call me at 323-776-3806 to check in!

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