Amy Dacey

Fall 2018

Amy K. Dacey is  nationally-known political leader for more than 20 years, Amy K. Dacey has managed prominent national organizations, advised leading elected officials and candidates, and counseled a variety of nonprofits and companies.  Throughout her career, Amy has guided large operations through periods of significant growth and success.

During the 2016 presidential election, Amy served as President Barack Obama’s Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Committee.  Taking over a 200-person organization that was $24 million in debt, Amy breathed new life into the operation.  She was a DNC spokesperson, retired the debt, invested heavily in technology and social media, and led the selection of the DNC’s successful convention in Philadelphia.  Amy worked closely with the White House, elected officials in the Senate and House, state parties and progressive organizations.

As Executive Director of EMILY’s List – the organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to national, state, and local offices – Amy oversaw a five-fold growth in membership and nearly doubling its fundraising. With EMILY’s List’s first-new President in 26 years, Amy led the operation’s revitalization, restructuring and rebranding.  In the last 30 years, EMILY’s List has helped elect 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 to governors' seats, and hundreds of women to state and local office.

During the 2004 elections, Amy worked for then-Senator John Kerry on his presidential campaign.  She handled regional politics during the primaries and was part of Kerry small political and policy team which traveled with him everywhere during the general.  After Kerry’s narrow loss, Amy worked for Kerry on his political operation.  Kerry later became Secretary of State under President Obama.

Amy has worked for several other organizations including the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Fund for America, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  She also managed Rep. Louise Slaughter’s congressional campaign.  Recently, she was vice president and managing director for MWWPR, one of the world's top independent public relations agencies.

A native of Upstate New York, Amy received her bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University and her master’s political science from The American University. 


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