DNC CEO Seema Nanda steps down

by | Apr 27, 2020 | Democratic Party, Politics

On Friday, Democratic National Committee CEO Seema Nanda announced that she was stepping down after two years on the job. 

“I couldn’t be prouder of the infrastructure we have built, the primary process we have run, and the team we have built,” she wrote on Twitter. “I look forward to continuing the fight for our democracy and to elect Democrats everywhere.” 

“Seema spent two years building an organization that has left the DNC in the strongest position it has been in before a Presidential election in recent history,” said DNC chair Tom Perez in a statement. Perez previously worked with Nanda at the Department of Labor during the Obama administration.  

Nanda, the first Indian-American CEO of the DNC, did not give a reason for her departure. The Washington Post reported that the move was part of a larger deal between the  DNC and the Biden campaign as the two organizations consolidated their efforts to win the upcoming election. These leadership changes are common for both parties, as the president or presidential nominee gets the most say in the party leadership.

The joint agreement will allow for a dramatic expansion in fundraising capacity for the Biden campaign, which is dwarfed by the Trump campaign in terms of cash on-hand. Also on Friday, the DNC and Biden campaign announced the creation of the “Biden Victory Fund,” which raises the limit on individual contributions. 

Nanda will be replaced by Mary Beth Cahill, a senior advisor to the Democratic Party who previously managed John Kerry’s 2004 campaign for president.

Photo: Seema Nanda/ Twitter

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