Former U.S. Ambassador Rufus Gifford Joins For Our Future as 2020 Co-Chair 

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DATE: March 13, 2020

Former U.S. Ambassador Rufus Gifford Joins For Our Future as 2020 Co-Chair 

Washington, D.C. – For Our Future has tapped former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark and Obama Campaign Finance Director Rufus Gifford to serve as its first national Co-Chair for the 2020 cycle. Gifford will help the organization expand and diversify its pool of resources. The group plans to raise $80 million for its grassroots efforts in 2020 to defeat President Trump and to win key state and federal races, including those crucial to redistricting in battleground states.

Said Ambassador Gifford: “I am laser-focused on ensuring Donald Trump is defeated, and the nightmare that is his presidency comes to an end. For Our Future has an incredible program to reach out and engage voters who could easily sit on the sidelines this November. Given the stakes, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves to expand their efforts contacting millions of voters who we need to be successful up and down the ballot. I am thrilled to be part of their campaign.”

Said For Our Future CEO Justin Myers: “Rufus Gifford is a widely respected figure in our party and For Our Future is extremely lucky to have him join our team. We are thrilled to have him on board as our first national Co-Chair for the cycle. As a former Ambassador, Congressional candidate, and key member of President Obama’s campaign teams in 2008 and 2012, Rufus brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and contacts to our work this cycle. His talents will help us to deny President Trump a second term, win state and federal races in the most decisive 2020 battlegrounds, and advance progressive power for the long haul.”

BACKGROUND ON RUFUS GIFFORD

Rufus Gifford is a former U.S. Ambassador, a senior aide to President Barack Obama, and a civic leader, public speaker, and advocate for Democratic causes.

Rufus was a Democratic candidate for Congress in Massachusetts’ 3rd District in 2018. His campaign focused on restoring trust between people and government and standing for something aspirational and positive, instead of solely against the Trump presidency.

From 2013 to 2017, Rufus served as the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, where he led efforts to address the effects of climate change, build international coalitions, and invest in clean energy.

At home, Rufus was the National Finance Director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, responsible for the record-breaking $1 billion budget. During Obama’s first term, Rufus was the National Finance Director at the Democratic National Committee and supported the passage of several Obama policy initiatives. Before that, he was a senior aide on Obama’s historic 2008 presidential campaign.

BACKGROUND ON FOR OUR FUTURE: Founded in 2016, For Our Future works to expand the electorate one knock at a time. For Our Future runs the largest, permanent progressive field program across seven states:  FL, MI, NV, OH, PA, VA, and WI. Along with community partners, the group organizes all-year-long to win elections and help build the lasting power needed to improve people’s lives.

SEE: NBC News, 3/5/2019: “For Our Future budgeting $80 mil to help progressives in 2020” 

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