Last year the Obama re-election campaign launched Operation Vote -- a program dedicated to reaching core constituency groups, including African Americans, Latinos, young people, women and gays and lesbians. On Wednesday the campaign announced the hiring of Stefanie Brown, national field director for the NAACP, as the black community's point person.
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"Stefanie has dedicated her life to empowering people of color to organize and advocate for justice and equality in their communities," said Jim Messina, Obama's campaign manager. "She is a natural fit for a campaign who's fueled by its grassroots strength. Stefanie's youth, commitment and proven ability to mobilize and energize voters will be an invaluable asset to the campaign."
Brown, 31, also directs the NAACP Youth and College Division. Under her leadership, the organization's national civic-engagement campaigns registered more than 200,000 people to vote in the 2008 and 2010 election cycles. As the Obama campaign's African-American-vote director, she will be charged with building a national program to engage black voters and get out their vote. She starts in her new role next month.
Source: The Root | Cynthia Gordy