Presidential Hopeful Cory Booker Picked Addisu Demisse as His Campaign Manager


New Jersey Senator and Democrat Presidential Runner Cory Booker announced Ethio-Canadian Addisu Demissie as his campaign manager for his run for the Democratic presidential nomination 2020.

Adissu Demissie is the Vice President and Director of Grassroots Advocacy. He graduated from Yale University and Yale Law School, and a member of the State Bar of California. His decades of experience in politics, campaign management and strategy for the national, state, and local level for electoral, nonprofit, and corporate clients made him a preferable guy for the job.

Addisu cofounded San Francisco based political consulting group 50+1, and he served as Campaign Manager for Senator Cory Booker’s successful election campaign in 2013, and as Communications Director for President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu’s campaign for Mayor. He also managed California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s campaign last year and worked as National Voter Outreach and Mobilization Director on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Addisu’s first love is developing and implementing sophisticated community organizing programs, which he has done during three presidential campaign cycles in 2004, 2008, and 2016. Following President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, Addisu was selected as the first National Political Director for the President’s political organization Organizing for America. Later that year, the Washington Post named him one of the “Ten Young Black Aides To Watch” in the Obama Administration. At OFA Demissie played a crucial role in mobilizing and coordinating grassroots support for the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, federal student loan reform, and the Affordable Care Act.

With Addisu Demissie Booker’s top two advisors Matt Klapper and Modia Butler will also hold high positions in the Cory 2020 campaign. Klapper, Booker’s chief of staff for the last four years, will be a senior advisor; Butler, who was Booker’s chief of staff at Newark City Hall and his state director in the U.S. Senate, will be a senior strategist.