Goldstein Program in Public Affairs

Date: 5:00pm EDT March 26

Lessons From the Campaign Trail

The Goldstein Program’s Young Alumni Series welcomes Sean Rapelyea ’08. 

WAC Alum Sean Rapelyea ’08 will discuss his burgeoning career in politics, having worked as a field organizer for the Obama and Clinton presidential campaigns, as well as an assistant to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. As all eyes turn toward the 2018 midterm elections, he’ll share his insight into how campaigns and politics at the local level of government, whether in rural or urban areas, will shape the fortunes of Democratic candidates this fall.

Sean Rapelyea ’08, is Political Director for Gubernatorial Candidate J.B. Pritzker. He previously served as Illinois Political Director for the Hillary For America campaign during the general election, where she garnered a 17–point win margin. Rapelyea previously served as Deputy Director of Government Affairs for the Office of the Mayor in Chicago after working as a Regional Field Director and Advisor to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 and 2015 re-election campaigns. In 2010, he worked on Arkansas Senator’s Blanche Lincoln’s primary, runoff, and general election campaign. He began his campaign work with then Senator Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change, working in Missoula, Montana.