Rufus Gifford, Deputy Campaign Manager at Biden for President
Rufus Gifford is a former U.S. Ambassador, Senior Aide to President Barack Obama, civic leader, public speaker, and advocate for Democratic causes. From 2013 to 2017, as U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Gifford built international coalitions, advocated for clean energy, addressed the effects of climate change, and pioneered people-to-people diplomacy. Gifford was responsible for a record-breaking $1 billion budget as the National Finance Director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. As National Finance Director of the Democratic National Committee during Obama’s first term, he helped pass several key Obama policy initiatives, including the Affordable Care Act. Gifford brings his years of finance and policy experience to the Biden campaign team as Deputy Campaign Manager with a focus on external outreach, coalition building, and finance. Gifford strongly defends American values and human rights and believes in quality and affordable health care, the environment, equality for LGBTQ+ and all Americans, government accountability, and basic human decency.
Carmel Martin, Senior Adviser for Policy at Biden for President
Carmel Martin has over two decades of federal policy experience. Martin previously served as the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress and in the Obama administration as the Assistant Secretary for Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the Department of Education. Prior to serving in the Obama administration, Martin was the General Counsel and Chief Education Advisor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. In that role, she also served as Deputy to the Staff Director. She previously worked at the Center for American Progress as the Associate Director for Domestic Policy and in the Senate as Chief Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to former Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Special Counsel to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD). Martin has worked on legislation related to education, workforce, budget, welfare, health care, and other important national issues.
Patti Solis Doyle, Partner, Brunswick Group
Patti is a veteran political advisor and commentator, with more than 30 years of experience in politics, presidential campaigns, and public service. She served as an adviser to the Obama-Biden presidential campaign during the 2012 presidential election, and during the 2008 general election, she was Chief of Staff for Vice Presidential Operations. In that role, she built a national team of policy, communications, and political advisers before the nominee’s selection and later managed day-to-day operations for vice presidential nominee Joe Biden. Patti was Campaign Manager for Senator Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid in 2007-2008 and managed her Senate re-election campaign before that. She also served as Chief of Staff to the First Lady’s first Senate campaign. Before that, she served as a Senior Adviser to Hillary Clinton throughout Governor Bill Clinton’s campaign and two terms in the White House.
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