The 44Fund is a volunteer effort led by Obama alumni to support fellow Obama alumni running for Congress in 2018.
President Obama recently gave a speech about what's at stake in the upcoming midterm elections. He said:
“All we need are decent, honest, hard-working people who are accountable and who have America’s best interests at heart. And they’ll step up and they’ll join our government, and they will make things better if they have support."
Support. That's exactly what we can offer to the 14 Obama alumni running for Congress this year and it's up to us to do everything we can to get them elected.
The 44 Fund is an easy way to support these Obama alumni candidates.
With just ONE donation to the committee, you'll help all 14 alums running for Congress in 2018. (You may also direct donations to specific campaigns.)
More about each candidate is below.
Lauren Underwood brings a critical perspective to this race in Illinois. She is a registered nurse, with hands-on health care experience and is the first woman to receive the Democratic nomination in her district. President Obama appointed Lauren to serve as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services where she began her career helping to implement the ACA. Lauren helped communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies. Recently, Lauren worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care. Lauren is training future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
Andy Kim is a national security expert and a Rhodes Scholar who served two years as President Obama’s Director for Iraq on the White House National Security Council. Andy previously served at the Pentagon, where he helped our nation build a strong military and provide for the men and women in our armed forces, and also served in Afghanistan as strategic adviser to Generals David Petraeus and John Allen during their tenures as Commanding Generals. Andy grew up in South Jersey and is raising his two baby boys there.
Tom was born in Poland and came with his mother to America at the age of six, seeking refuge from Communism and the Cold War. They settled in central New Jersey. After college, Tom became a Rhodes Scholar and eventually served on President Clinton’s National Security Council, where he focused on strengthening NATO and ending the wars in the Balkans. In 2014, President Obama appointed Tom to serve as the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. In this role, he earned national acclaim for standing up to dictators like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un for their human rights abuses, and for blowing the whistle on Russian meddling in U.S. Elections.
Colin was born in North Dallas and was raised by a single mom who was a Dallas public school teacher. Colin Allred was an All-Star athlete at Hillcrest High School and earned a full-ride football scholarship to Baylor University. Diploma in hand and prepared to attend law school, Colin deferred his acceptance to play in the NFL. He was a linebacker for five seasons before sustaining a career-ending injury. After the NFL, he fulfilled his dream of becoming a civil rights attorney. After serving in President Obama's administration as a Special Assistant in the Office of General Counsel, Colin moved home to Dallas and is now running to represent the community where he grew up and a district that swung more than 17 points toward Democrats in 2016.
Elissa is a third-generation Michigander and has spent her career in national service. She served with the Central Intelligence Agency -- including three tours in Iraq -- and worked directly for President Bush and President Obama on the White House National Security Council. Under President Obama, Elissa served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. Elissa’s entry into this race is a game-changer, and there’s a clear path to victory: Democratic Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow routinely win Michigan’s 8th.
Dan Feehan is a fifth-generation Minnesotan who, like current Rep. Tim Walz, is a former teacher and veteran who served his country overseas. Prior to his run for Congress, Dan served two tours in Iraq, taught in classrooms in low-income communities, and served in the Pentagon as acting Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Obama administration. Dan has earned the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsement and has successfully branded himself as an independent leader who can carry on Rep. Tim Walz’ legacy in a district that President Obama won twice.
Lauren brings more than a decade of national security and legal expertise to her run for Congress in Florida’s 18th Congressional District, where she was raised and her family's roots run deep. Lauren served as an official in President Obama’s Administration from 2011-2017, acting as a senior advisor to two Secretaries of State and to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Prior to her State Department service, she was a litigator at WilmerHale LLP, where she focused on transnational disputes and federal appeals. Since she launched her campaign, Lauren has racked up strong local and national endorsements and turned heads with her impressive fundraising out of the gate.
Haley Stevens was born and raised in Oakland County, Michigan. She is the daughter of a small-business owner and a public school teacher. Haley has dedicated her career to public service and ensuring that good-paying jobs are available to the people of Michigan. Haley served as a policy advisor in the Economic Development Administration and as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Treasury Department’s Auto Task Force -- the team responsible for helping return the auto industry to financial stability and saving over 200,000 Michigan jobs.
Jill is a mother, a former attorney, a founder of a successful nonprofit that focuses on children’s literacy, and a former Obama Administration staffer. Under president Obama’s administration, Jill served as a Special Projects Manager on President Obama’s Management Advisory Board. Jill grew up in a home that valued education and was the first in her family to graduate from college. Due to personal experiences with expensive healthcare, Jill truly understand the importance of quality, affordable healthcare. Jill understands that the people of Southern Ohio need access to a quality education, good jobs with strong benefits, and affordable healthcare that will allow their families to thrive.
Ammar, born in East San Diego County, is a former federal official who has devoted his life to service. In 2012, Ammar served as Deputy Regional Field Director for President Obama's reelection campaign, where he helped oversee Southern California’s grassroots operations from headquarters in San Diego. Following the election, Ammar served in the Executive Office of President Obama. He also worked at the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, promoting the economic growth of more than 4 million Hispanic-owned small businesses. Ammar’s exposure to the economic needs of both businesses and workers informs his policy views and makes job creation and economic growth among his top policy priorities.
Adrienne wants to be to be a voice for the people ignored in our current political climate. Adrienne, a Houstonian who grew up in the South Park community, is a second grade school teacher with Houston ISD, the largest school district in Texas. She served as a Deputy Field Director with Battleground Texas, and on the Houston staff for the Obama 2012 election campaign. Adrienne believes healthcare is a human right, and vows to fight against the loss of protections for pre-existing conditions or coverage for mental illness. She has plans for new investments through federal grants and will push legislation to secure equity in education. Adrienne grew up believing in the American dream, and has worked hard to fulfill its promise in her life
Talley is running for Congress because West Virginia needs a congresswoman who puts service above self and turns obstacles into opportunities. Under President Obama,Talley served as an advance associate and is ready to go the extra mile for the people of West Virginia. She believes in needing to grow a new economy that works for West Virginia to create more job opportunities. Tally is is dedicated to improving healthcare and will fight to stop the opioid epidemic to ensure another generation does not suffer. Talley believes It’s about going the extra mile to create opportunity in West Virginia- to get a good education and start in life, to start a small business or even a startup, and to raise a family.
Deb believes New Mexico can be a place of strong, safe communities where kids can be happy growing up, and can build a life. Both of Deb’s parents served in the military, and she believe we have a duty to take care of veterans. Deb was the New Mexico Native American Vote Director for Organizing for America in 2012. Deb also served for one year (2012-2013) as Native American Caucus Chair for the Democratic Party of New Mexico and was the Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee of New Mexico in 2014. Deb believes it’s time we make smart investments in education and find real solutions that pull our kids and all New Mexicans out of poverty. Deb has spent her life standing up for her community, and she will do the same in Congress.
Rashida Tlaib, born and raised in Detroit, is a proud graduate of Detroit Public Schools and the daughter of Palestinian immigrant parents. Rashida served as the Muslim and Arab Community Outreach Coordinator in Michigan for Obama for America Campaign. In 2008 Rashida also made history by winning her race for State Representative and becoming the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature. Rashida has an unparalleled record fighting for her constituents and her values. Rashida served three terms, rising to the Democratic Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. Rashida will roll up her sleeves to make sure her residents are cared for, no matter how big the challenge.