FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, 06 August 2013

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Dr. Paul Song To Lead Courage Campaign

Group Makes Announcement As Founder Rick Jacobs Takes Leave Of Absence To Join Garcetti Administration


Courage Campaign, a leading California-based progressive organization made up of more than 750,000 members, announced today that Dr. Paul Song, a member of Courage Campaign’s board, will be taking over as head of the organization. The announcement comes as Courage Campaign founder and chair, Rick Jacobs, announced that he is taking a leave of absence to join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Administration as Deputy Chief of Staff.

Dr. Song has been involved in progressive politics, both in California and nationally, for years. More recently, Dr. Song has worked to help elect Sen. Cantwell, Sen. Hirono, Sen. Kaine, Rep. Duckworth, Rep. Garamendi, Rep. Takano, Rep. Waxman, State Controller Chiang, Attorney General Harris, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Mayor Garcetti, Senate President pro Tem Steinberg, Assemblymember Butler and many others.

Dr. Song is a board certified radiation oncologist and tireless advocate for universal healthcare. In January 2013, he was named by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones as the very first visiting fellow in the California Department of Insurance. Song is on the faculty at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and is the Chief Medical Officer of American River Nutrition.

Dr. Song also serves as an executive board member of Physicians for a National Health Program California and on the boards of Liberty in North Korea, and People for the American Way.

“Having watched Courage Campaign for years -- advancing the Millionaires Tax of 2012, helping to defeat Prop 32, leading a coalition to pass Prop 30, tirelessly fighting against Prop 8, helping pass the Homeowners Bill of Rights, working to repeal DOMA and so many other fights -- I am thrilled about this opportunity,” said Dr. Song. “Courage Campaign, and our members, are fighting everyday for a more progressive California and country, and I could not be more excited to lead the team.”

Rick Jacobs, who will remain on Courage Campaign’s board added, “Paul is made to order to lead Courage to the next level. He shares the political and moral convictions that have made Courage a leader in state and national progressive work.  I look forward to continuing to work with him over the years ahead.“

For more on the Courage Campaign, please visit: http://www.couragecampaign.org/

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