Raffi Williams

raffi williams

Age

25

Location

Haverford College

Occupation

Deputy Press Secretary, Republican National Committee

Twitter

@RaffiWilliams

BIO

Raffi Williams is Deputy Press Secretary at the Republican National Committee (RNC), where he handles youth press and conservative press. He has been named one of the “10 Black Republicans You Probably Don’t Know But Should” by Black Enterprise magazine and has been profiled by Buzzfeed, BET and the Grio. Prior to the RNC, Williams worked for the Republican Study Committee as the deputy communications director, and was the communications director at Benishek for Congress, helping Rep. Benishek win a top-targeted race.

 

Why is it important that at this particular point in time, right-of-center youth become involved publicly, whether in politics, media, their communities, or another capacity?

If you want to effect change for the better you must be involved. Obama has taken Millennials for granted. Our unemployment rate is far above the national average, 40 percent of Millennials are out of work or underemployed, and 29 percent live at home with their parents. Our future cannot be put on hold any longer, and we cannot sit idly by while Obama destroys our future. We must be involved at every level to make sure those who represent us are working to make sure we have the opportunities to succeed.

 

What must elected officials and others in positions of leadership do to make a right-of-center message resonate with the Millennial generation?

We need to make sure that we are reaching Millennials where they are. Studies have shown that young people get the majority of their news from social media and friends because they distrust the media. As Republicans, we need to make sure we are communicating in ways that are easily sharable and easily comprehensible. If we are not putting our message in front of young people in a format they consume, then we will have no shot at winning the hearts and minds of the youngest generation.

 

Where would you like to see the conservative movement in 10 years — and how can it get there?

Conservatives are poised for a big year in 2014. We need to leverage the success we will have in 2014 to bring more people into the conservative movement in the next 10 years. Our country cannot afford to have conservative influence wane; for the future of our country and the future of Millennials, we must continue to fight everyday for fiscally responsible solutions to our biggest problems.

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