Briahna Joy Gray Hired As National Press Secretary For Bernie Sanders Campaign

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders raises a fist after talking to workers at a rally at the University of California Los Angeles, on Wednesday March 20, 2019. Members of a union representing research and technical workers walked picket lines Wednesday at University of California campuses and hospitals in a one-day strike amid a lengthening stretch of unsuccessful contract negotiations. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Former Intercept editor and attorney Briahna Joy Gray has been named as Bernie Sanders’ national press secretary for his 2020 campaign. Gray was one of 15 new hires including 10 women who have joined Sanders’ presidential campaign team. Gray’s hiring comes as Sanders tries hard to appeal to Black voters, following accusations that his 2016 campaign effort failed to reach out to the Black community.

Gray worked as a columnist and senior politics editor for The Intercept. Her work focused on progressive topics, along with identity and culture,according to her Intercept bio. She has also been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The Week, and other publications, Heavy reported.

Gray earned her law degree from Harvard University in 2011 and worked for a litigation firm in New York. She has also co-hosted the podcast SWOTI.

She is one of 10 women recently hired by the Sanders 2020 presidential campaign.

“The campaign says that now, every single one of its teams — management, political, policy, organizing, communications, advance, digital, and fundraising — has women, and predominantly women of color, in leadership positions. Overall, the national leadership team is around 70% women,” Refinery reported.

The other women hired include:  Bernie 2016 alumna René Spellman, deputy campaign manager, who has worked in the Obama White House; Analilia Mejia, political director, a union organizer who was honored by President Obama as a “Champion of Change”; Sarah Badawi, deputy political director, previously the legislative affairs director for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee; another Bernie 2016 alumna Claire Sandberg, national organizing director, previously the deputy campaign manager for Abdul El-Sayed’s gubernatorial run in Michigan; Dr. Heather Gautney, deputy director of policy, formerly a senior policy advisor on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and a researcher for Bernie 2016; Arianna Jones, communications director, a Bernie 2016 alumna; Sarah Ford, deputy communications director, a Bernie 2016 alumna who served as the communications director for Cynthia Nixon’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign in New York; Georgia Parke, senior social media strategist, who worked in Sen. Sanders’ Senate office since 2016; and Robin Curran, digital fundraising director, formerly the email director at the Democratic National Committee.

The other women hired include:  Bernie 2016 alumna René Spellman, deputy campaign manager, who has worked in the Obama White House; Analilia Mejia, political director, a union organizer who was honored by President Obama as a “Champion of Change”; Sarah Badawi, deputy political director, previously the legislative affairs director for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee; another Bernie 2016 alumna Claire Sandberg, national organizing director, previously the deputy campaign manager for Abdul El-Sayed’s gubernatorial run in Michigan; Dr. Heather Gautney, deputy director of policy, formerly a senior policy advisor on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and a researcher for Bernie 2016; Arianna Jones, communications director, a Bernie 2016 alumna; Sarah Ford, deputy communications director, a Bernie 2016 alumna who served as the communications director for Cynthia Nixon’s 2018 gubernatorial campaign in New York; Georgia Parke, senior social media strategist, who worked in Sen. Sanders’ Senate office since 2016; and Robin Curran, digital fundraising director, formerly the email director at the Democratic National Committee.

Sanders also recently hired former Ohio senator Nina Turner, who is African American, as his campaign co-chair.


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