2012 The Root 100

Michael Blake helps rally the vote for Obama from minorities and other core Democratic voter blocs.

  • Influence: 140.7
  • Reach: 8.2
  • Substance: 7.0
  • Media Mentions: 12
  • Internet Mentions: 7110
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  • Michael Blake

  • White House veteran who helps rally the vote for Obama from minorities and other core voter blocs.
  • Job: National deputy director for Operation Vote, Obama for America
  • Sector: Government/Politics
  • Twitter: @mrmikeblake
  • Location: Chicago
  • Age: 29
  • Bio: "Policy is a way to make things move," Michael Blake told the Huffington Post last year. He should know; much of his life has been a study in nonstop motion. The youngest of eight children born to a family that hailed from Jamaica, Blake lived in the Bronx, N.Y., eventually trading the borough's mean streets for a top-flight college education at Northwestern University, and graduating in 2004 from the university's prestigious Medill School of Journalism. Eager for public service, he moved to Michigan and co-organized three statehouse campaigns in the 2006 election cycle. In 2007 he joined the Obama campaign as deputy political director. And in February 2009 he began work in the White House as a director in the Office of Public Engagement -- the first director of African-American outreach for the first African-American president. All of it by the age of 26. Back with the Obama campaign again, he's now tasked with helping Americans -- African Americans and Latinos, women and youths -- to exercise the right to vote.