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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 01:48 PM

Exclusive: DNC Appoints First Woman Chief Technology Officer

Source: Refinery29

The Democratic National Committee has appointed Nellwyn Thomas as its new Chief Technology Officer and Kat Atwater as its deputy CTO, Refinery29 can exclusively report. Thomas is the first woman in history to serve in this role.

According to the organization, for the first time ever, all three of the people in senior leadership positions on the tech team are women, as is 52% of the entire tech team. These hires come on the heels of the DNC appointing three women of color to top leadership positions, including Waikinya Clanton, senior advisor to Chair Tom Perez; Rachana Desai Martin, chief operating officer; and Reyna Walters-Morgan, director of voter protection and civic engagement. Currently, says the DNC, more than half of the senior leadership team is made up of women and many of them come from marginalized communities.

Thomas has worked both in political campaigns and the tech industry, including at Facebook and Etsy. She served as the deputy analytics chief for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2016.

"I'm honored to bring my decade-plus of experience in the tech industry and on political campaigns to the DNC," Thomas tells Refinery29. "We're heading into the most important election of our lifetime, and the DNC's tech team can make a critical difference in laying the infrastructure necessary to vote Trump out of office and elect Democrats up and down the ballot."


Read more: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/04/230377/democratic-national-committee-new-hires-chief-technology-officer-nellwyn-thomas

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 01:55 PM

1. Big question...


Can they keep the 2020 democratic campaign from being hacked?

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 19, 2019, 02:05 PM

2. I had lunch with Tom Perez this week...

DNC has pretty much replaced all of their IT equipment and have hired cybersecurity experts.

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 06:06 PM

6. KR.. good to know!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:12 AM

3. As a retired systems engineer, I found that we women were actually very good

at this kind of thing. Not sure why. Imagination? Seeing patterns? Following up on anomalies? Being, very, very thorough?

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Response to SharonAnn (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:21 AM

7. They aren't afraid

to say "I don't know" or "I don't understand" or "Can you break it down for me?" instead of nodding sagely like they understand it all.

I see it in the tech field, sports and classrooms.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:55 PM

4. Sounds good, especially as they work on cybersecurity.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 06:03 PM

5. I would not want to have that job with the upcoming election and the certain shenanigans that will

be pulled. Even if you're 100% competent in leadership and putting the right people in the right places, you're still gonna get the shit whenever anything happens. I guess that's any highly visible role, though.

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