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DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz Names Raul Alvillar Political Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz today announced veteran Democratic Party operative Raul Alvillar, as the DNC’s new National Political Director.

“We’re thrilled to have Raul joining our team, bringing with him more than a decade of experience on campaigns, in the private sector and in government. His work on everything from legislative outreach to campaigns and LGBT advocacy will be an asset to Democrats at every level,” said DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. “Together, with the rest of the team at the DNC, we’ll be able to support the President’s legislative agenda and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2014 and beyond.”

“I am excited to join the DNC and get to work electing and reelecting Democrats across the country,” Alvillar said. “I look forward to working with our state parties and DNC members to make certain we are providing them the tools they need to ensure that the Democratic Party thrives at all levels.”

"I've worked closely with Raul over the years and have been continually impressed by his leadership, work ethic and political instinct," said DNC CEO Amy Dacey. "Raul will be an invaluable resource to our team at the DNC and Democrats across the country."

Alvillar has worked for President Obama in a variety of roles since 2007. He comes to the DNC after serving as Senior Advisor to Secretary Shaun Donovan in the Office of Public Engagement and Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 
           
Prior to his position at HUD, Raul was Associate Director at the Office of Public Engagement for the White House Office of the Vice President, where he worked closely with elected officials, stakeholders and members of the administration.  He also served as Deputy National Political Director at Senator John Kerry's Keeping America's Promise PAC and as Political Director and Regional Field Director on the John Kerry 2004 Presidential campaign.

Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus added, “Raul is a strong ally for Democrats everywhere and I'm proud to call him a friend. At a time when the stakes could not be higher for working families in America, I am confident that Raul brings the experience and dedication to promote the President's agenda and propel Democrats to victory in November.”

“Raul is a real star in the Democratic world.  He worked for me during the Kerry for President Campaign and showed great skill and political judgment.  The DNC is lucky to have him,” said Democratic strategist Steven Elmendorf.

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