Hari Sevugan Joins 270 Strategies as Principal
270 Strategies announced today that longtime communications strategist Hari Sevugan is joining the grassroots firm as a Principal. In this role, Sevugan will provide strategic advice and apply his years of crisis communications and rapid response expertise to support the many campaigns and causes supported by the groundbreaking firm, which was launched after the President's historic 2012 re-election campaign by leadership staff from across the Obama organization.
"In the world of campaigns and communications, few people have done more than Hari," said Lynda Tran, Partner and Chief Communications Strategist at 270 Strategies. "Whether working at the presidential, state, or local level -- or guiding nonprofit organizations in building effective narratives -- Hari is simply the best there is. We're thrilled to add his extensive experience and sharp political instincts to our team."
Sevugan comes to 270 Strategies after helping lead some of the most-watched political operations of the last decade. In the 2008 cycle, he served as Communications Director for Chris Dodd's presidential campaign and later as a senior spokesman for Obama for America. On the Obama campaign, he helped lead the communications team that worked at first to define primary opponents and later John McCain and Sarah Palin for the press corps. In addition, Sevugan has led research, policy and communications teams on different campaigns and played key roles on top-targeted statewide races, including the successful gubernatorial elections of Governors Tim Kaine and Martin O'Malley. As National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee, he was the Party's chief spokesman and oversaw national rapid response operations for its legislative, electoral, and political efforts.
More recently, Hari played a key role in launching a national, non-profit education reform advocacy group and advised other advocacy groups on strategic and communications matters. This past cycle, he helped guide a political campaign in Asia to victory and helped run a high profile campaign in the New York City municipal primaries.
Named one of Politico's "Top 50 Politicos To Watch," Sevugan has been recognized for his effective leadership and communications work. In 2009, Time lauded Sevugan's national rapid response operation at the DNC as one of "the President's best friends" and "[a] well-run DNC communications operation that pounds any Republican with a pulse."
Sevugan is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a J.D. from Northwestern University. He will be based in the firm's Chicago office.