As 2020 Campaigns Diversify Staff, Some Strategists Worry Firms Still Aren’t Doing Enough

The Democratic presidential campaigns this cycle are led by a historically diverse group at the senior level. 

Among the Democratic presidential contenders that have managers in place, the Booker, Harris, Sanders, Warren, Williamson, Gabbard and Castro campaigns have hired people of color. The O’Rourke, Bullock, Inslee, Hickenlooper and Steyer campaigns have hired female managers. In fact, a recent analysis by the Wall Street Journal found that on the campaigns of nine of the top Democratic contenders, the majority of senior staff and advisors are women – and about a quarter women of color. Overall, the Journal found that 42 percent of the senior staff on these campaigns identified as nonwhite.