George Rakis

Speaker

Climate Action Campaign - National Director

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Quick Bio

George Rakis is a nationally recognized political strategist and organizer with over 20 years of political management experience. Since 2011, George has served as the National Director of the Climate Action Campaign, a project of the Partnership Project’s Clean Air Defense Campaign. Under George’s leadership the campaign has achieved historic successes in promoting national climate policy and defending public health protections, while championing the advocacy voices in the environmental community on the effects of climate change.
In 2007 George co-founded Independent Strategies, a political consulting firm specializing in independent expenditures and issue advocacy at the local, state and federal level. Most recently, the firm ran the successful year-long independent expenditure credited with reelecting Senator Harry Reid to the US Senate. George is also the cofounder of several political and issue committees including Patriot Majority USA 501 and Patriot Majority PAC.
After a decade of managing campaigns across the country, George moved to Washington, DC in 2001 where he served as the Elections Director at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and later that cycle moved to the Democratic Governor’s Association to become its Deputy Political Director. He returned to the DNC in 2004 to oversee the Coordinated Campaigns in Ohio, Missouri and Florida. In 2005-2006, he served as the Political Director of the Democratic Governor’s Association (2005-2006) when Democratic candidates won 22 of 36 gubernatorial elections.

A native of Silver Spring Maryland, George has a long track record of winning elections, including the Congressional campaign of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (1992), former Representative Bill Luther (1994) and “Dean of the House” John Dingell (1996). At the statewide level he served as the campaign director for the New Jersey Assembly Democratic Caucus. As Coordinated Campaign Director for the Michigan Democratic Party, George directed statewide victories for Gore-Lieberman, Senator Debbie Stabenow and numerous down-ballot races.

A graduate of Salisbury State University, George was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army serving in the Maryland National Guard and graduated from the US Army Military Police School and the US Army Airborne School. He lives with his wife and three children in Kensington, Maryland.


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