Democratic National Committee

March 15, 2017

DNC Announces Transition Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON – Today DNC Chair Tom Perez announced the party’s Transition Advisory Committee. This committee will be co-chaired by the Reverend Leah D. Daughtry, longtime Democratic Party strategist, and most recently CEO of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and Chris Lu, former Deputy Secretary of Labor and former Executive Director of the 2008 Obama-Biden transition.  The Advisory Committee is comprised of a wide swath of leaders, activists, and organizers who represent the Democratic Party’s big tent. This team is charged with providing concrete suggestions and advice on building a Party that reaches into and represents every corner of America.
“Our Democratic turnaround will be a success because everyone has a seat at the table” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “So I’m honored to have such a talented and diverse group of leaders guiding our transition process. Together we’ll right the ship and get the Democratic Party in a position to take the fight to Donald Trump and the Republican Party and win.”
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of last week’s rollout of the Democratic Turnaround Tour, which will take Tom and DNC Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison to Michigan, Texas, Virginia, and New Jersey in an effort to share their vision for turning around the Democratic Party from the ground up by prioritizing sustained local organizing through state parties. 
2017 DNC Transition Advisory Committee
Mark Begich
Gus Bickford
Sally Boynton Brown
Pete Buttigieg
Leah Daughtry, co-chair
Bill Dempsey
Akilah Ensley
Don Fowler
Jennifer Granholm
Jehmu Greene
Luis Heredia
Pramila Jayapal
Latoia Jones
Rebecca Lambe
Bel Leong-Hong
Terry Lierman
Chris Lu, co-chair
Mary Beth Maxwell
Zerlina Maxwell
Deray McKesson
Ademola Oyefeso
Rick Palacio
Ai-Jen Poo
Rion Ramirez
Astrid Silva
Rick Wade
Simone Ward
Brian Weeks
Jenny Wilson

March 9, 2016

Tom Perez and Keith Ellison to Kick Off Democratic Turnaround Tour

Perez and Ellison To Discuss At Tonight’s Democrats Live Q&A

DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison will announce tonight that they will kick off the Democratic Turnaround Tour starting March 24 with stops in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, before continuing on to New Jersey, Texas, and Virginia in following days. Additional states and locations will be added in the months to come.
The two will discuss the tour on tonight’s inaugural edition of Democrats Live, which will air on the DNC’s Facebook and YouTube accounts.
At each stop, Tom and Keith will share their vision for turning around the Democratic Party from the ground up. They’ll meet with Democrats and progressives in a diverse group of states to discuss the importance of sustained local organizing efforts and stress the need for Democrats up and down the ballot to deliver a positive message of economic opportunity in response to Donald Trump’s administration of corporate handouts and broken promises to America’s working families.
“The Democratic turnaround starts right now,” said Tom Perez. “And it starts with our focus on getting back to basics and building from the ground up. We’ve already seen what’s possible when progressives get organized and show up in places like Delaware and Connecticut. But we’ve got to keep our foot on the gas in every single zip code, so I’m excited to hit the road with Keith as we kick off our efforts this spring.”
“We didn’t succeed in 2016 because in too many communities we failed to show up, failed to engage, and failed to turn out,” said Rep. Ellison. “Tom and I are committed to working with our state parties and allies to stay engaged 365 days-a-year. Progressives are hungry to fight back against the disaster that has been Donald Trump’s first two months in the White House. Together, we’ll channel this grassroots energy into electoral victories for Democrats up and down the ballot.”
These states represent both places that Democrats lost in November and states where there are opportunities to pick up seats up and down the ballot.  Tom and Keith both believe that the only way to do this is to invest in local organizing and state parties, which have long been ignored.