Peter Chau is the RPA!
Who is the RPA? It’s made up of volunteers with passion, progressive values, and who love Richmond. In this series, we get to know the new faces on the RPA Steering Committee. This month, we had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Chau, who also co-chairs the RPA Education Action Team.
TA: Tell us about your involvement in the RPA and in progressive causes.
PC: I campaigned for Ben Choi and Melvin Willis in the last election and worked with the RPA on the half-cent sales tax in 2011. I am currently a member of the RPA Education Action Team.
I am passionate about public education. I have particular knowledge and experience with the West Contra Costa Unified School District, including13 years of volunteer experiences launching new programs like the Mock Trial program; running multiple bond and parcel tax campaigns; serving on bond and budget oversight committees; and running for the school board in 2014.
TA: What are your ideas about how change and progress occur?
PC: Change and progress occur when a group of like minded individuals rally behind a comprehensive, cohesive vision. In Richmond, that meant creating an independent progressive organization and executing campaign strategies to get progressive councils members elected.
TA: What would you like the RPA to accomplish? What is your vision of where the RPA is headed?
PC: I would like the RPA to become more active in public education causes in Richmond. Public education is one of the last frontiers that Wall Street and billionaire bullies are trying to privatize. I believe that until we focus on improving our public schools, we will not be able to stop privatization efforts, nor improve the City of Richmond. Let's work together to improve our neighborhood schools!