Campaign '08 - Harvard Kennedy School alumni work behind the scenes

September 25, 2008
by David Rice MPA 2001

Originally published in the summer 2008 Harvard Kennedy School Bulletin

The campaigns of Democrats and Republicans alike depend on a diverse group of people to support them, and in a wide variety of roles, including paid professional political operatives, fundraisers, volunteer poll-watchers, expert advisors on policy and position development, organizers, and a nearly endless number of other positions paid and unpaid, full- and part-time and 24/7 time. This election season, alumni across the country and across the political spectrum are working behind the scenes for candidates.

Read stories of the alumni:

- Melanie Roe: Director of hall management for the Denver DNC

- Buzz Jacobs: Regional campaign manager for Sen. John McCain

- Prakash Puram: Political activist and presidential appointee

- Jackie Weatherspoon: Democratic party activist

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