Rachel Rosen

COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR


Rachel Rosen is an accomplished communications and public affairs strategist. Prior to joining DMFI, Rachel was a senior director for broadcast communications at the Center for American Progress. In that role she enhanced the visibility of the institution and its work across all broadcast and digital media platforms.

Before that she spent more than a decade at CNN producing public affairs shows, most recently “State of the Union” and “Inside Politics.” She covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns from the campaign trail. Rachel won an Emmy award for her work on election night in 2012. That same year, she helped produce the Romney-Obama presidential debate that was moderated by Candy Crowley at Hofstra University. Rosen was part of CNN’s team that won Peabody Awards for coverage of the Arab Spring and the Gulf oil spill, and is the recipient of a DuPont award for CNN’s coverage of the Tsunami in South Asia.

She started her journalism career at Maryland Public Television and then moved to CNN’s London bureau to cover business news. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in television production from Boston University.

 

Joel Wanger

POLITICAL DIRECTOR


Joel Wanger is an experienced campaign operative and strategist who has worked with and for presidential campaigns, members of congress, congressional candidates, and national and state Democratic Parties.

As the Midwest Regional Field Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Joel implemented a field program across 6 states that logged more than 10 million voter contact attempts and flipped 9 districts from red to blue. Joel built partnerships with State Parties, Coordinated Campaigns, national organizations, and down-ballot candidates to leverage collective power.

Prior to the DCCC, Joel worked at the Nevada Democratic Party, the Ohio Democratic Party, and Hillary for America where he executed get-out-the-vote campaigns that touched millions of potential voters and developed programs to reach unique constituencies by partnering with local community organizations and national partners.

Additionally, Joel has been involved with Organizing for Action and Scouts for Equality and was an Israeli Government Fellow. Joel graduated cum laude from Northeastern University with a degree in Political Science and Economics with a minor in Judaic Studies.