Top official to depart Democratic National Committee

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Top official to depart Democratic National Committee




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Amanda Brown Lierman’s position was a new job created by DNC Chair Tom Perez as part of an effort to rebrand the party after the 2016 election. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A top Democratic National Committee official will leave her post next month.

Amanda Brown Lierman, the committee’s political and organizing director and one of the highest-ranking black women in the party, will depart after helping lead the committee during the 2018 midterm elections. Brown Lierman was tasked in the 2018 race with building up grassroots organizing efforts after the 2016 election, when many Democrats felt the party was not organizing everywhere it needed to.

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“Amanda Brown Lierman is a rockstar,” Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement about her departure. “I’m deeply proud of all we’ve accomplished together. Thanks to Amanda’s leadership, the Democratic Party is stronger and ready to take down Donald Trump in 2020. And while we will miss her dearly, she’ll always be part of our DNC family.”

It was not immediately clear what Brown Lierman would do next. The DNC can be a rich resource for presidential campaigns looking for staff and there is often turnover at party committees after each election cycle.

Brown Lierman did not respond to phone calls or an email requesting comment, but in a Facebook post Thursday morning, she confirmed she is leaving next month. “I’m excited about a new mission in the new year,” she wrote. As for the DNC, she wrote “may the force be with them as they forge ahead.”

Brown Lierman’s position with the DNC was a new job created by Perez as part of an effort to rebrand the party after the 2016 election.

“This year supporters like you proved that when our party is powered by the grassroots, Democrats win,” she recently wrote in an email to the party’s email list after the midterms.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Brown Lierman is an alumna of the Obama White House and the Department of Energy. In 2011, she left the administration to join Rock the Vote’s nonprofit organization as the group’s national political director. She also has worked as campaign director for For Our Future Action Fund and For Our Future, a super PAC aligned with the action fund.

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