The Root's Talented Ten: Myesha Ward

Coordinator for Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Photograph by Lara Shipley, special to The

Myesha Ward

Age: 33

Hometown: Olney, Md.

Positions: Delegate Counter, Midwest Political Director

Campaign Turf: Chicago; Iowa, South Carolina, Missouri

New Washington Gig: Coordinator for Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative




If Myesha Ward were any less persuasive, it’s pretty safe to say Barack Obama would not be president. Her official title on the campaign was deputy director of delegate operations, which meant that, a full 12 months before the average American had ever heard of a superdelegate—the shadowy party members who would end up deciding the outcome of the Democratic slugfest between Clinton and Obama—Ward was on the case. Starting in April 2007, Ward worked the phones incessantly, coordinating outreach to mayors, governors, party operatives, and members of Congress—seeking to lock down their endorsements prior to state primaries. “I knew it would be important because of how many people were in the Democratic race,” says Ward. “The premise was, the more delegates you could bank, then you could really concentrate on winning the states.”

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