Rob Moore is a Grassroots Advocacy Recruitment Specialist intern with Shot@Life. Having started at the end of May, Rob is working on a project to build grassroots support in key Congressional districts for the funding of vaccines. Learn more about him in this Q&A!
I was most drawn to Shot@Life and the UN Foundation because this organization is actually changing the world. There are so many ways to work towards making the world a better place, but that is a very abstract and high-minded idea. The people working on the Shot@Life campaign are actually doing the hard work and finding innovative ways to most meaningfully contribute to vaccine advocacy. Being able to work with these people and watch the progress of the campaign has been so inspiring.
Where are you from, where are you in school, and what are you studying?
I am from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. My hometown is Los Gatos, but even in California, most people haven’t heard of it. I’m a rising fourth-year Political Science student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. I am concentrating in Public Service and I have two minors, one in Philosophy and another in Ethics, Public Policy, Science, and Technology.
Can you briefly describe your previous work, intern, or volunteer experiences?
Before working at the UN Foundation, almost all of my work had been in politics. I have worked on campaigns and in district offices at nearly all levels of government, but I’ve spent the most time in local and state politics. I was elected as a delegate for the California State Democratic Party and helped lead a campaign to ban fracking in San Luis Obispo County. I have also been very involved on my campus, serving as the Chair of the Board for my student government and Co-President of the Cal Poly Democrats.
What excites you most about being part of the Shot@Life campaign and what are you most looking forward to this semester?
I am most excited about the tangibility of the work of Shot@Life. Recruiting new champions and being able to watch support grow for vaccine funding and distribution is very empowering. I am most looking forward to talking to potential champions and getting them to join the fight! Helping others become excited about what I’m excited about is really invigorating work and I’m already thoroughly enjoying my time at Shot@Life.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for vaccine advocacy?
Like with any humanitarian issue, I think the biggest challenge for vaccine advocacy is education. I truly think that once anyone has all the facts and sees the data that Shot@Life is working with, they will want to contribute to vaccine advocacy, too.
Do you have any fun facts that our champions may not know about you?
The three hobbies I’ve been super into during quarantine have been astronomy, gardening, and building Legos. All very nerdy in very different ways.