DNC Announces Additions to Senior Leadership Team

Today, the Democratic National Committee is proud to announce several new hires: Waikinya Clanton as Senior Advisor to Chair Tom Perez, Rachana Desai Martin as Chief Operating Officer, and Reyna Walters-Morgan as Director of Voter Protection and Civic Engagement.


“As we head into one of the most important elections of our lifetime, we are building a world class team in order to beat Donald Trump and elect Democrats up and down the ballot,” said DNC Chair Tom Perez. “Waikinya, Rachana, and Reyna bring a wealth of knowledge to the party and we are lucky to have them on our team. Their work will be felt far outside the building as we continue to strengthen our party and build on the victories from the last two years.”


“Our rich diversity of background and experience is what has made the new DNC a political force in electing Democrats up and down the ticket in every corner of the country,” said DNC CEO Seema Nanda. “These three phenomenal women embody our core ideals and will bring new energy to our leadership team as we continue to lay the groundwork to take back the Senate and the White House in 2020.”


Waikinya Clanton has been promoted to Senior Advisor to Chair Tom Perez, where she will work closely with the DNC’s National Political and Organizing Director Muthoni Kraal on outreach to members of Congress and key stakeholders. Most recently, she served as the DNC’s Director of African-American Outreach, leading the Party’s initiative to engage and organize with Black women. She engineered the Seat at the Table tour, a listening and training tour designed to meaningfully engage and organize with Black women across the country. Previously, Waikinya served as the National Executive Director for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women.


Rachana Desai Martin has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, a role she has been filling on an interim basis. She will oversee the DNC’s operational and administrative infrastructure. Previously, Rachana served as the Director of Voter Protection and Civic Engagement, where she oversaw the Party’s national voter protection efforts. She brings a wealth of experience from both government service and a variety of campaigns, including multiple roles inside the Obama administration and led the voter protection efforts in Nevada for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.


Reyna Walters-Morgan has joined the DNC as Director of Voter Protection and Civic Engagement.  Previously, she served as principal attorney at Walters-Morgan Law PLLC. Reyna brings years of experience protecting the right to vote while at Democracy North Carolina, the Ohio Coordinated Campaign, and the North Carolina General Assembly.