Center for American Progress

RELEASE: CAP Welcomes Stasha Rhodes as Senior Fellow
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RELEASE: CAP Welcomes Stasha Rhodes as Senior Fellow

Washington, D.C. — Stasha Rhodes, a veteran movement strategist and organizer, is rejoining the Center for American Progress as a senior fellow who will help lead the organization’s work on democracy and government reform issues.

Rhodes brings to CAP more than 15 years of experience conducting state and national campaigns and building grassroots power to shape national conversations around critical policy principles ranging from filibuster reform to gun violence prevention and reproductive rights.

“I’m thrilled that Stasha is returning to CAP,” said Ben Olinsky, senior vice president for Structural Reform and Governance. “She is a proven leader who’s been on the front lines of the fight to improve our democracy. She’s a brilliant strategist, organizer, and policy expert who can help CAP set and achieve a vision for how we can renew our democracy for the 21st century.”

Rhodes is the executive director of United for Democracy, a national campaign working to shine a spotlight on the impact that recent Supreme Court rulings have had in jeopardizing freedom and democracy. Previously, she was managing director of democracy campaigns at The Hub Project, driving a team of changemakers who brought filibuster reform and D.C. statehood to the forefront of the national conversation.

From 2018 to 2019, she served as director of engagement at Giffords, where she worked to reshape the narrative that gun violence prevention is an inherently polarizing issue. From 2017 to 2018, she was a director of advocacy at CAP, working on guns and crime policy.

In her home state of Louisiana, Rhodes served as a state director of the American Heart Association and founded an advocacy firm specializing in issue-campaign management, grassroots organizing, and government affairs.

Rhodes currently sits on the board of the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation and Survivors Empowered. She is also an adjunct professor at Smith College in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Southern University and Southern University Law Center.

For more information, or to speak with an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at [email protected].

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