Nov 29, 2023 - Politics

Chicago's DNC host committee announces key staffers

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The Democratic National Convention is just nine months away and the Chicago host committee is staffing up.

Why it matters: The DNC will bring Democrats from all over the country to Chicago in what could be an economic benefit for the city.

What's happening: The host committee announced early Wednesday new senior staff members with experience across Chicago's Democratic political scene.

Here are the new senior leaders:

Maurice (Mo) Green is the new senior director of civic and community engagement. Green was most recently the political director for SEIU Local 73, but before that he worked in Gov. JB Pritzker's administration.

Natalie Edelstein is the new communications director. Edelstein joined Pritzker's communication staff for his 2022 reelection campaign.

Joanna Belanger is senior director of partnerships. Belanger previously worked for Sen. Dick Durbin and former Attorney General Lisa Madigan. She was also part of Moms Demand Action, a gun control advocacy group that was instrumental in lobbying for Illinois' assault weapons ban.

Shaunna Sims-Davis is the chief equity officer. Sims-Davis has a long history with Chicago politicos, serving the Illinois Secretary of State and working for then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Jake Mikva previously worked under former Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration, and on presidential campaigns for both Hillary Clinton and Pete Buttigieg. Mikva belonged to PACs designed to court millennial voters.

Morgan Prewitt is a seasoned Chicago events producer who has worked on several major experiences, including Obama Foundation town halls.


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