Indian American Kunoor Ojha is the Deputy National Organizing Director for the Warren Campaign.
Now with the 2020 primary season reaching a crescendo — at least, on the Democratic side —young Indian American political operatives are in big demand. The latest presidential hopeful to tap a young, bright Indian American is liberal firebrand Elizabeth Warren.
The Massachusetts senator’s campaign hired Kunoor Ojha, who was a top student organizer for both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the last presidential election cycle.
Ojha took to Twitter last week to announce her new role as Deputy National Organizing Director for the Warren campaign.
The Democratic activist, who accepted the position a while ago, wrote: “Apparently a lot of my friends don’t know this- a while ago I accepted a job on the @ewarren campaign! I’m the Deputy National Organizing Director, which means I’m helping to build a badass decentralized network of grassroots leaders in 50 states. HMU and let’s cancel this debt?!”
Until recently, Ojha was working as “Families Belong Together Distributed Actions Director” at National Domestic Workers Alliance in Washington, District of Columbia.
Prior to that, from April 2018 to September 2018, she worked for the liberal grassroots group Indivisible Project as an Associate Organizing Director.
Recently, she was among 65 South Asian women lawyers, activists and advocates that campaigned against Neomi Rao, who was appointed by President Trump for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Ojha has extensive experience working for campaigns.
In 2016, she served as the National Campus and Students Organizing Director for Hillary for America, the principal campaign committee of the Clinton campaign. In that role, she was responsible for engaging youth voters.
During the Democratic primary, Ojah had worked for the rival Sanders campaign in different roles, including as the National Student Organizing Director and New Hampshire Campus Director.
Ojha, who is from Illinois, began her political career as a “summer organizer” for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2011, while she was still in school.
Her announcement on Twitter received an enthusiastic response, especially from Indian Americans.
Mini Timmaraju, a board member of the Indian American Impact Fund and head of Comcast’s lobbying team in Washington, termed Ojha as an “Asian American rockstar.”
The former Hillary for America’s National Women’s Vote Director wrote on Twitter: “Thrilled that another Asian American rockstar has been hired for a senior role for a top 2020 campaign! Representation matters & @kunoorojha is one of the best in the business. Congrats to the @ewarren team for the fantastic hire.”
“Yet another Desi campaigner in a senior position on a national presidential campaign,” the Washington Leadership Program tweeted.
Ojah is an alumnus of the Illinois Institute of Technology, from where she graduated in political science.