DemDaily: DNC Announces Convention Leadership

August 10, 2023

The Democratic National Committee on Tuesday announced the leadership team of the 2024 Democratic National Convention, led by veteran political strategist, presidential advisor and former DNC Chief Executive Officer Minyon Moore as Chair.

Moore, also an award-winning author and speaker, is a principal at public affairs firm Dewey Square. She is credited with ushering through the confirmation of Kentanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to the US Supreme Court.

The convention will take place in Chicago, Illinois August 19-22, 2024 when Democrats will nominate President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for a second term.

Over 50,000 people, including delegates, elected and party officials, donors, activists, lobbyists, labor leaders, celebrities, media and volunteers will descend on the country's third largest city for four days of official party business. Illinois is a part of the midwestern "blue wall" which will be key to holding the White House in 2024.

The Democratic National Convention is the formal event, held every four years, in which Party delegates and members convene to choose their nominees for President and Vice President.
Over four days, the Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities. The Convention marks the end of the state primary election period in June, and the kickoff to the general election race, which will take place November 5, 2024.

Moore, a Chicago native, will lead the team of experienced politicos who oversee convention operations, politics and public engagement, including credentialing, housing, transportation, site operations, media and vendor relations.

Alex Hornbrook, who headed the convention selection process, will serve as Executive Director, and former White House Legislative Director Louisa Terrell will serve as a Senior Advisor to both the convention and the Biden-Harris campaign.

DNC Deputy Executive Director Roger Lau, in addition to assisting with the convention planning and execution, will serve as a Senior Advisor to the Biden Victory Fund.

The DNC team is working closely with the Chicago Host Committee, which is responsible for organizing and raising the roughly $85 million needed to put on the convention. The convention is expected to infuse $150 million into the region's economy.

GCM Grosvenor Board Chair and CEO Michael Sacks is Chair of the committee, called Development Now for Chicago, and Chicago Alderman Michelle Harris and former Deputy Governor Jesse Ruiz are committee officers.

Magnify Strategies' Kaitlin Fahey is Interim Executive Director, and -- along with partners and convention advisors Leah Israel and Paul Kohnstamm -- is responsible for putting in place the initial infrastructure and fundraising.

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The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) and host committee also made history last month by signing the earliest and most expansive "labor peace agreement" with state leaders, ensuring unions will not go on strike before or during the Democratic National Convention.

Traditionally, the labor agreement has been narrowly tailored to the convention arena, but for the first time will also apply to the hotel workers.

DNC Chair Jamie Harrison and Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter signed the agreement on July 25 with Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and ten major labor leaders in attendance.

"Chicago is the hometown of the American labor movement. Our members are hardworking, talented, and resilient, and they stand up for themselves and their families. And today, the DNC is standing with them," said Reiter.

“The Democratic Party is the party of labor, and President Biden is the most pro-union president, pro-worker president in American history,” said Harrison. "Unions and labor are the engines behind the city, and they'll also be the driving force, helping us to put on a very successful convention next year."

Republicans will hold their convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 15-18, 2024. Milwaukee was set to host the 2020 Democratic Convention but the coronavirus pandemic forced the event to be held virtually.

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Sources: DNC, Chicago Sun-Times, Politico, CBS. DemList will not publish Fridays during August recess

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