Delaware native David Plouffe (AS '10) left University of Delaware
before graduating to begin a career in politics. He served as President
Barack Obama’s campaign manager in 2008, helping steer
victories over Hillary Clinton for the nomination and John McCain for
House, and later became senior adviser to the president. Plouffe is now a
University of Delaware graduate, having received his bachelor’s degree
in 2010. He is chief advisor and board member of Uber and also serves on
the board of the Barack Obama
Plouffe and his fellow UD alumni Vice President Joe
Biden (AS ’65) and Steve Schmidt (AS '13), who led the John McCain's
2008 campaign, inspired Bloomberg News to call University of Delaware
the academic epicenter of national politics in 2008.
Plouffe has managed campaigns at all levels of
politics, served as an award-winning producer of television
advertisements, served as a consultant to leading Fortune 500 companies
and has been a ubiquitous presence on national news shows.
In 2010, Plouffe was number four on Newsweek’s list of “New Thought Leaders,” and The Daily Beast named him as one of the “25 Smartest People of the Decade.” GQ named Plouffe in 2012 the third most powerful person in Washington.
Plouffe is the author of The New York Times best seller, The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory and has been a contributor for ABC News and Bloomberg Television. In 2013, he was inducted into The American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame.