Spotlight | Julie Chavez-Rodriguez
First Latina selected to run the campaign of an incumbent United States President
Julie Chavez Rodriguez, Biden-Harris 2024 Campaign Manager. On April 25, 2023, it was announced that Rodriguez would serve as Campaign Manager of the Joe Biden 2024 presidential campaign. This is the first time a Latina was selected to run the campaign of an incumbent president.
Chavez-Rodriguez grew up in California in a well-known family of American labor and civil rights activists, the granddaughter of American labor leader, César Chávez and American labor activist Helen Fabela Chávez.
Julie Chavez Rodriguez served as Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris Administration, she served as a Deputy Campaign Manager on the Biden-Harris presidential campaign. Before that, she was the National Political Director and traveling Chief of Staff for then-Senator Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign. Before launching Senator Harris’ campaign, she served as California State Director in her Senate office. During the Obama-Biden Administration, Chavez Rodriguez served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Deputy Director of Public Engagement in the Office of Public Engagement. She also worked in the Department of the Interior as the Director of Youth Employment and as Deputy Press Secretary to former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. She is the former Director of Programs at the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. A native of California, she is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.
From 2008 to 2016, Chávez Rodriguez served in the Obama administration, initially working for the United States Secretary of the Interior and later in the White House Office of Public Engagement. In 2016, She was appointed state director for Senator Kamala Harris and from 2017 to 2019 served on the Kamala Harris 2020 presidential campaign. In 2020, Chávez Rodriguez was hired by the Joe Biden 2020 presidential campaign as senior advisor for Latino outreach. In 2021, Chávez Rodriguez was appointed to be the director of Biden’s White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In 2022 she was appointed senior advisor to the president, and in 2023, campaign manager.