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2012 Hughes Politician in Residence: Patti Solis Doyle

Release date: March 06, 2012

Goucher College's Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center is presenting "A Team That Can't Be Beat: Women and Minorities in the Political Arena," a talk by Patti Solis Doyle, the first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. presidential campaign, on Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum.

This event is free and open to the public, but all attendees must reserve tickets in advance by logging on to www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333.

Patti Solis Doyle is a political organizer and strategist who has been part of several of the most important campaigns of the past 30 years, including Richard Daley's 1990 campaign for mayor of Chicago, Bill Clinton's successful bid for president in 1992, Hillary Clinton's election to the U.S. Senate in 2000 and her failed campaign for president, and Barack Obama's victory in 2008.

She has succeeded in a business where it is not only rare for females to lead major campaigns, but where minorities in key positions are even harder to find.

Solis Doyle was among the earliest staffers to join then-Governor Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign; and she was the first hired to work for Hillary Clinton. From 1993 to 2001, Solis Doyle served in the White House as the director of scheduling and advance for the First Lady. In this capacity, she worked to promote Clinton administration policies on children, health care, and women's issues, and to assist with political support for Democratic candidates nationwide.

Solis Doyle took a leave from her White House duties to serve as chief of staff of Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign, where she managed daily operations and coordinated press, policy, political, and scheduling operations. Following Clinton's election, Solis Doyle founded and led the political action committee HILLPAC and Friends of Hillary, Clinton's re-election campaign. From 2001 to 2007, HILLPAC became one of the largest and most successful sources of fundraising for Democrats.

As campaign manager of Clinton's 2008 presidential bid from January 2007 through February 2008, Solis Doyle became the first Hispanic woman to lead a presidential effort in the United States, albeit an unsuccessful one.

During the 2008 general election, Solis Doyle joined the Obama for America campaign as chief of staff for the vice presidential operations. In this role, she built a national team of policy, communications, political, and field operatives prior to the nominee's selection. She later managed day-to-day operations for Joe Biden.

She has been honored with the "2007 Latinas of Excellence Award" by Hispanic Magazine for her accomplishments in the area of government, politics, and civil leadership. Siempre Mujer magazine also honored her as a remarkable Latina whose achievements and contributions to her community is helping shape the future of Hispanic women in this country. Hispanic Business Magazine recently named her one of America's "100 Most Influential Hispanics."

Solis Doyle's appearance at Goucher is sponsored by the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center. Funded by an endowment made by the late Judge Sarah T. Hughes '17, the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center was originally founded in the early 1950s under a grant from the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation. The center, directed by Eric Singer, Ph.D., chair of the Political Science and International Relations Department, sponsors a variety of activities designed to facilitate student involvement in governmental and political affairs in the Baltimore-Washington region.