Former presidential advisor David Plouffe to join Uber executive team
On August 19, New England Council Member Uber announced that David Plouffe will be taking his strategic expertise that helped elect President Obama to the 5-year-old ride-share startup. In late September, Plouffe will begin managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts as Uber’s Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy. Plouffe has held many titles, but is perhaps most well-known for his management of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and subsequent position as a senior advisor to Obama.
Uber, which provides safe and instant ride-sharing through a mobile app, has grown tremendously in recent years. Uber CEO Traviz Kalanick says via the Uber blog that he was looking for someone who could help cities and citizens understand the Uber mission, who believed in the cause, and who understood how to build a meaningful brand–and that he will look to Plouffe as a strategic partner on all matters as Uber grows internationally.
In his new role, Plouffe will draw on his extensive experience leading political campaigns from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to President Obama to guide Uber as it continues to grow and thrive. He also has experience in the private sector, where he advised major companies including Boeing and General Electric–also a New England Council Member. Recently, Plouffe has been a contributor to Bloomberg and ABC News, and in 2013 was inducted into the American Association of Political Consultants Hall of Fame.
“I could not be more excited to join such a vibrant company and its people who will be at the absolute leading edge of tomorrow’s innovations and changing people’s lives and their cities for the better. It will be a privilege to jump in the foxhole with the team at this great startup and get to work”
The New England Council congratulates Uber and Mr. Plouffe and looks forward to Uber’s continued growth and success in New England and beyond.