New Jerseyan Analilia Mejia is the new co-executive director of The Center for Popular Democracy, a leading multiracial organization group seeking to expand the power of progressives heading into the 2022 election.
Mejia served as executive director of the New Jersey Working Families Party before leaving in 2019 to serve as national political director of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
She will lead the organization with DaMareo Cooper, who worked for CPD before running as the BlackPAC national organizing director.
“DaMareo and Analilia are rooted in the struggles and aspirations of Black, brown and immigrant communities, and they are uniquely able to advance a vision for a country where our families can thrive,” said Ana Maria Archila, the outgoing co-executive director.
Mejia spent most of this year as a Biden administration appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor. She resigned a few days before speaking at a campaign rally for Gov. Phil Murphy last month at Rutgers University in New Brunswick – the same rally that Sanders attended.
“The impulse within the Democratic Party to pivot center to satisfy wealthy donors is hurting our communities, and leaving the base unmotivated, unspoken to, and unorganized,” Mejia said. “This is a mistake some insist on repeating year after year — and we reject it. We win by doing the opposite.”
Among the races that could be impacted by Mejia’s new position is New Jersey’s 5th district, where Democrats are talking about a primary challenge from the left against three-term Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff).
Last year, Gottheimer faced a challenge from progressive Arati Kreibich. He won with 66% of the vote, carrying every municipality in the district except Glen Rock, where Kreibich is a councilwoman.