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DCCC Chair Maloney Announces New Additions to DCCC Team

Gisel Aceves as Political Director for Redistricting, Missayr Boker as Independent Expenditure Director and Senior Political Advisor for Recruitment, Karen Defilippi as Deputy Executive Director for Campaigns and Political, Dyjuan Tatro as Senior Advisor for Strategic Outreach

Today, DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney announced three critical additions to the DCCC’s Senior Leadership Team, and an expansion of the DCCC’s Department of Diversity and Inclusion.

Joining the team are Missayr Boker as Independent Expenditure Director and Senior Political Advisor for Recruitment, Karen Defilippi as Deputy Executive Director for Campaigns and Political, Gisel Aceves as Political Director for Redistricting, and Dyjuan Tatro as Senior Advisor of Strategic Outreach for the DCCC’s Diversity and Inclusion Department.

Missayr Boker will be the first Black woman in history to run the DCCC’s Independent Expenditure. Together, Gisel, Missayr, Karen and Dyjuan bring years of critical experience in progressive politics, and a valuable range of background.

“We are building a team that knows what it takes to run and win tough campaigns, and today’s additions to our organization will be critical assets, as well as leaders at the DCCC,” said Chair Maloney. “I want to thank all of my colleagues who joined in this search process and I’m thrilled to welcome these seasoned operatives on board.”

Aceves, Boker and Defilippi join Tasha Cole, Deputy Executive Director for Diversity, Jackie Forte-Mackay, Chief Financial Officer, and Jacqui Newman, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer on the DCCC’s Senior Leadership Team.

Gisel Aceves, Political Director for Redistricting:

“Democrats have a unique opportunity this cycle to deliver for communities ravaged by the pandemic and reconnect with those disillusioned by the state of our politics. We understand the challenges facing people across the country and have a responsibility to meet folks where they are. I am proud to join the DCCC to protect our majority and fight for every single vote.”

Missayr Boker, Independent Expenditure Director and Senior Political Advisor:

“I’m excited to return to the DCCC for what will be an incredibly consequential midterm election cycle to, again, protect the Democratic House majority as we steer our nation out of a pandemic and ensure Americans get back on their feet with dignity. Under Chairman Maloney’s leadership and vision, we will hit the ground running to build an unparalleled team of our Party’s best and brightest operatives who will work tirelessly to elect outstanding candidates committed to delivering results For the People.”

Karen Defilippi, Deputy Executive Director for Campaigns and Political:

“House Democrats are the responsible leaders our country needs right now and I’m thrilled to join the DCCC and Chairman Maloney in the critical work of protecting this Democratic House majority in 2022. I’m looking forward to working with the entire caucus to build smart, diverse teams to run winning races across the country.”

Dyjuan Tatro, Senior Advisor for Strategic Outreach:

“This past election cycle has emphasized how electoral politics effects the daily lives of each and every American as well as the centrality of the African-American vote to winning elections. I am honored to be joining the DCCC to work on a number of issues at the nexus politics, diversity, and equity & inclusion.”

Gisel Aceves – Political Director for Redistricting

Gisel Aceves is the outgoing Executive Director for CHC BOLD PAC.  A California native, Aceves began her political career a decade ago working on campaigns in Southern California.  Her on-the-ground experience spans U.S. House and Senate races where she has served in multiple senior capacities.  In the 2018 cycle, Aceves was tapped by EMILY’s List and later the DSCC to advise campaigns. There she helped lay the groundwork to take back the House and protect hard-fought statewide races across the country.

Missayr Boker – Independent Expenditure Director // Senior Political Advisor for Recruitment

Missayr Boker is an experienced political strategist who most recently served as the Deputy Director of the DCCC’s Independent Expenditure program helping direct $90M of paid media in congressional districts across the country to protect the Democratic House majority. Before joining the DCCC, she served as National Political Director for then-Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign where she oversaw the development and execution of the national and early state strategy to raise the candidate’s profile and build strong coalitions across the country. She is also proud to have served in senior roles at  NARAL Pro-choice America and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2018 cycle helping Democrats pick up Senate seats in Alabama, Nevada and Arizona.

Karen Defilippi – Deputy Executive Director for Campaigns and Political

Karen Defilippi is the outgoing Vice President of Federal and Gubernatorial Campaigns at EMILY’s List, where she oversaw the recruitment and campaigns of all EMILY’s List women running for governor or the United States Senate or House. In 2018, Karen led a team that endorsed and supported almost 100 Congressional and statewide campaigns, tripling the number of Democratic women governors, delivering the only Democratic flips in the U.S. Senate, and electing 34 new Democratic women to the House—enough to deliver the Democratic majority alone. Karen is also a veteran of congressional races, multiple statewide races, then-Senator Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Capitol Hill having worked for numerous members including as Chief of Staff to Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-13). 

Dyjuan Tatro – Senior Advisor for Strategic Outreach

Dyjuan Tatro is a publicly recognized legal reform advocate and strategist who has worked to bridge the gap between policy and practice. As an alumnus of Bard Prison Initiative, he has leveraged his education and experience to shift public policy in favor of expanding college in prison.  He has worked on a national social impact campaign in favor of Pell Restoration and to enact legal reforms at the municipal, state, and federal levels. He is an active member of the Fortune Society’s Board of Directors, a skilled government affairs professional, and an experienced project manager. Originally, from Albany, NY, Dyjuan currently resides in NYC where the City Council has honored him for his work in the criminal justice space. He is a proud member of the LGBTQ community.


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