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New Jersey Demcoratic State Committee executive director Elizabeth Gilbert, center, at a fundraiser for Joe Biden for President fundraiser in Philadelphia on April 25, 2019 with her father, former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert, left, and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell

Gilbert to be named president of Milwaukee DNC Host Committee

State party executive director will be top exec for 2020 Democratic National Convention

By David Wildstein, May 21 2019 6:33 pm

Liz Gilbert, the executive director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, will be announced tomorrow as the new president and executive director of the Milwaukee DNC Host Committee where she will oversee fundraising and day-to-day operations for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.

The job is an influential one that puts Gilbert, who will be positioned to interact with Democratic presidential campaigns, state party organizations and national party leaders as head of the group that will look to raise an extraordinary amount of money.

She brings some experience to the post after serving as finance director for the 2016 host committee in Philadelphia and as the assistant finance director for the Charlotte host committee in 2012.   Democrats raised $69.7 million for the Philadelphia convention.

Gilbert has held her state party post for sixteen months, helping Democrats hold a U.S. Senate seat,  flip four congressional seats and win dozens of down-ballot races during the 2018 mid-term elections.

She came to New Jersey three years ago to work on Gov. Phil Murphy’s gubernatorial campaign as national finance director and served as Tammy Murphy’s chief of staff.

“When we recruited Liz to join our campaign in 2016, it was clear that we were getting a rising star in Democratic politics,” the governor and first lady said in a statement “Liz’s knowledge, work ethic, and professionalism impressed everyone, and she has played a critical role in all of our success to date. Under her leadership, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee saw unprecedented electoral and fundraising successes. We congratulate the Milwaukee Host Committee on finding the right person to serve as their Executive Director, and we look forward to continuing to work with Liz in the years to come.”

Gilbert will leave the state party on July 1.  An announcement on her successor is expected sometime next month.

“Since joining our team in 2018, Liz Gilbert has been a tremendous asset in building a stronger and fairer New Jersey,” Democratic State Chairman John Currie said. “Her determination and vigor played a key role in helping us elect an 11-1 Democratic House majority and re-elect Senator Bob Menendez this past November. Liz is a dynamic and seasoned strategist and has led our party to many great successes. There is no person more qualified to help organize the 2020 convention and I wish Liz all the best in her future endeavors. She will be sorely missed here in New Jersey.”

Peg Schaffer, the state party vice chair, said New Jersey will benefit by Gilbert’s role with the host committee.

“Liz has made a lasting impact on the State party and was a huge help in turning Somerset County light blue,” Schaffer said.

The Milwaukee host committee is chaired by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, and a group of top state Democrats.

“Working with Chairman Currie, the Murphy family and the entire team at the New Jersey Democratic State Committee has been the opportunity of a lifetime,” Gilbert said.Together, we have shown the entire nation that by joining forces for the common good, we can accomplish great things. When I first joined this team of incredible and remarkable Democrats, my priority was to help strengthen and unify our state party. I truly believe we have accomplished this goal, continuously standing up to the hateful and discriminatory policies coming out of the White House. It has been an honor to serve New Jersey Democrats as the Executive Director for the past year and a half and I look forward to continuing my work of building our party in this exciting new role.”

Gilbert’s position puts New Jersey at the top of the convention organization chart for the first time since David Norcross served as chairman of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2004 Republican National Committee in New York.

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