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David’s Story: From Spark to Flame

November 20, 2023

David’s Story

David was working in the data field for 5 years, but was looking to get directly involved in defending democracy after certain political events that sparked his drive. Arena Academy was his first step into the world of progressive data. Immediately following Arena Academy, he began volunteering on the campaign of Filica Sigh, Democratic nominee for NYC Council, which was the very first campaign he had ever worked on.

How has Arena Academy impacted you?

Arena Academy was a life-changing experience for me. Arena helped me build relationships and a network in the space. As a career changer, the post-academy resume writing and networking workshops were especially helpful to me. 

What advice would you give future Arena Academy participants?

The Daily Jobs Digest gave me visibility into political jobs I would not have known about otherwise. I got several interviews directly from having applied to jobs I learned about from the Daily Jobs Digest. I’m now working as a Data Analyst at Zinc Collective. Arena Academy gave me the confidence to apply for and land a full-time job working in progressive data, and I haven’t looked back.