WASHINGTON -- 270 Strategies announced today that Meg Ansara, one of the firm's founding partners and the 2016 Battleground States Director for Hillary for America, will serve as the company's newest Chief Executive Officer. Jeremy Bird, who was 270's first CEO, will now take on the role of President of the company.
"In our first five years, 270 has been honored to work with hundreds of amazing clients who are fighting to make change in their communities and taking on some of the biggest issues of our time," said Meg Ansara. "As we look ahead to this next big chapter for our country -- and the world -- we are more committed than ever to continuing to challenge the status quo, building groundbreaking campaigns, and making a lasting impact for the campaigns, companies, and causes that we hold dear."
Since the company's inception, Meg has supported clients both in the United States and abroad, drawing on her expertise in campaign design and strategy, education, and organization building, including clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The College Board, DC Public Schools, Teach for America, the DCCC, the New Democratic Party of Canada, Partners in Health, and United We Dream. She has extensive campaign experience -- in addition to her most recent position with Hillary for America, she was previously National Regional Director for the 2012 Obama for America campaign, where she oversaw the grassroots and public engagement programs in the Midwest and southern states. She also worked on the final campaign of Senator Paul Wellstone in 2002, as well as the Massachusetts gubernatorial campaign of Robert Reich. A leader in education advocacy, Meg served as Chief Operating Officer at Stand for Children, where she helped scale the organization from a budget of $3 million to $18 million annually. Meg is a Boston native and a former forest firefighter with one of Oregon's elite "hotshot" teams.
"When it comes to progressive campaigns and advocacy work, there are few people with more hands-on experience and talent than Meg -- and it's incredibly exciting to have such a strong woman leader take the helm of our company," said Jeremy Bird, who helped launch 270 Strategies after serving as the national field director for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and has worked extensively with startups, domestic and international political campaigns, labor and policy organizations, and Fortune 500 companies. "With Meg's proven track record and thoughtful brand of leadership, 270 is well positioned to help our clients make progress on critical issues ranging from women's reproductive rights to education equity, from consumer activism to voter engagement."
In addition to the new roles for Meg and Jeremy, 270 Strategies has also promoted Hari Sevugan to Partner. A former public school teacher and Chicago native, Hari has served as a lead strategist on some of the most-watched races in the country over the last dozen years including helping to elect Governors Tim Kaine and Martin O'Malley. Hari has continued that work at 270 where, among others, he crafted campaign and messaging strategies for U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17) upset victory and is currently helping to steer the strategy for Daniel Biss's insurgent candidacy for Illinois governor. As a senior spokesman for the 2008 Obama campaign, Hari helped to lead the program to define the field of primary opponents and later John McCain and Sarah Palin to the press corps. Hari was appointed national press secretary at the DNC following the Obama campaign, where he was the Party's chief spokesman and led a rapid response operation that Time Magazine dubbed one of "the President's best friends." Hari has also helped dozens of non-profits and advocacy groups, including the country's leading education and cannabis reform advocacy organizations, develop their engagement, political and communications strategies. As a lead strategist for iVote, Hari has helped bring automatic voter registration and other voting rights advances to prominence.