Skyler Korgel
Year
2019
Chapter

A native of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Skyler Korgel is currently an Associate Manufacturing Engineer in Final Assembly at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics on the F-35 Program. Working to develop corrective actions and perform seam validation analysis using metrologic precise measuring tools, Skyler is fascinated with the intersection of technology and policy. Growing up around the tight-knit metrology community and as a longtime Coordinate Systems Metrology Conference participant, he strives to expand the accessibility, familiarity, and affordability of precise measurement technology.

A recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Skyler earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Plan II Honors, Japanese Language & Culture, Asian Studies Honors – East Asia Specialization, and History with minors in Government and Mathematics. Throughout his time as an undergraduate, Skyler realized a passion for immigrant rights advocacy as a member of University Leadership Initiative (ULI), an affiliate of the United We Dream network, and currently serves as its Programs Coordinator overseeing the operations of ULI’s Dream Empowerment Education Program, Deportation Defense, and Own the Dream affiliate programs. As the legislative coordinator for the UndocuTexas campaign, Skyler has advocated for immigrant rights at the collegiate, local, and state level. During the 84th and 85th Texas legislative sessions, he worked alongside immigrant students from across Texas against anti-immigrant legislation, particularly the proposed repeals of the Texas Dream Act and harmful show-me-your-papers laws. As a founding member of the Texas Here to Stay coalition of nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving and protecting immigrant communities with legal and social resources, Skyler aided in developing and implementing immigration clinic models to screen for immigration relief eligibility, family emergency planning, DACA application assistance, Know Your Rights training, etc. that has served thousands of immigrants.

When he is not measuring a jet or on a conference call organizing the next legal clinic, Skyler is active in bolstering civic engagement registering voters as a volunteer deputy registrar in over 20 Texas counties and promoting progressive values in his local county Democratic Party and affiliated organizations. During the 85th legislative session, Skyler worked in the Office of State Senator Sylvia Garcia advancing bills to protect the rights of immigrants, expand access to voting, and catalyze energy efficiency while organizing against hateful and discriminatory legislation backed by Senate leadership. Throughout his time at the University of Texas, he was an avid member of University Democrats and Texas College Democrats, earning their inaugural Legacy Award and LBJ Member of the Year Award, respectively, in 2018. Volunteering for the campaigns of progressive candidates is a favorite pastime of Skyler’s having been trained in the art of running an effective campaign as a Kirk Watson Campaign Academy fellow and being a regular volunteer of fifteen campaigns during the 2018 election cycle. Skyler also engages with the academic side of politics having written an award-winning thesis analyzing the institutional entrenchment of the Democratic Party of Hawai’i and the prevalence of officeholders of Americans of Japanese Ancestry within Hawaiian government.

In the near future, Skyler aspires to attend law school and subsequently pursue a career in public interest, immigration, and parliamentary law in order to have a hand in developing progressive policies at the state legislature while also serving the community that has given his life purpose and a second family. In his leisure time, Skyler enjoys studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, brushing up on state legislative rules, analyzing maps, and watching post-apocalyptic television shows.