How to Sustain the Resistance Long-Term

Session Four (April 27th, 2017)

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Michael Blake

Michael Blake (@TheDemocrats), a two-time campaign aide to President Obama, served as a White House Associate Director for outreach to state and local elected officials, the African-American community & Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises. In 2012, he served as the National Deputy Director of Operation Vote, the constituency vote effort for the campaign that helped win nine out of ten battleground states.

Blake, a national Co-Chair for New Leaders Council, which trains millennials across the country, announced his candidacy early last month, focusing on the party’s need to identify, train and help candidates win local elections and embrace our party's diversity.

Blake is a graduate of New York City public schools and Northwestern University, where he earned his degree in broadcast journalism before embarking on a career in public service. As a campaign organizer, he's helped win several local elections and flip the Michigan house to Democratic control. He is currently a member of the New York State Assembly where he has focused on economic justice, civil rights and criminal justice reform.

In February 2017, Blake was elected Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He was elected by a majority of DNC Members from across the country at the Winter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.