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Hari Sevugan

Hari Sevugan is a Principal with 270 Strategies. He has helped lead campaigns for some of the most-watched races in the country over the last decade.

Named one of Politico's "Top 50 Politicos to Watch," he has led research, policy and communications teams on numerous statewide campaigns, and, among others, helped to elect Tim Kaine and Martin O'Malley as governor.

In the 2008 cycle, Hari initially served as a Communications Director for Chris Dodd's presidential campaign and later as a Senior Spokesman for Obama for America, where he helped lead the effort that at first worked to define primary opponents and later John McCain and Sarah Palin for the press corps.

After the Obama campaign, Hari was appointed National Press Secretary at the DNC. There, in addition to being the chief spokesperson for the party, he oversaw national rapid response operations for legislative, electoral and political efforts, which Time dubbed one of "the President's best friends" and described as "[a] well-run DNC communications operation that pounds any Republican with a pulse."

More recently, Hari has helped a national, non-profit education reform advocacy group get off the ground, and advised other advocacy groups on strategic and communications matters. In 2013, he helped guide a political campaign in Asia to victory and helped run a high profile campaign in the New York City municipal primaries.

Before he worked in politics and advocacy, Hari was an attorney and an award-winning middle school teacher in New York City. Although, he is most proud of being the Glendale Heights, IL "Major-Minor Division" Little League MVP. He also won his fantasy football league last year.

Follow Hari on Twitter @HariSevugan.

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