Starting a Career in Politics - National Democratic Training Committee

Starting a Career in Politics

By Kelly Dietrich
30 min
Getting Started

What You’ll Learn

  • How to decide if politics is the right career for you
  • Which role on a campaign is the right fit for you
  • The goal of — and most important resources on — any campaign

Why This is Important

Whenever you start something new, there can be some anxiety about what you’re getting yourself into. This course will ground you in the realities of what working on a campaign is like. And help you confirm whether this is the right path for you.

Key Resources

  • Glossary

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Kelly Dietrich


As founder and CEO of the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC), Kelly Dietrich brings more than 20 years of experience on dozens of Democratic campaigns across the country.

Kelly started NDTC in 2016, where at the time it was a collection of videos covering an array of campaign topics, available to campaigns and their volunteers for free. Five years later, those videos grew into a fully fledged training program with hundreds of courses, videos, and articles about running effective campaigns. Kelly’s expertise in various areas — fundraising, staff training, sci-fi (maybe not as much) — have shaped NDTC into an industry leader in Democratic politics.

Originally from Missouri, Kelly lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, daughter, and dog, Tulip, who is allegedly part cat. Beyond work, Kelly is a diehard Kansas Jayhawk and an avid poker player. Kelly also serves on the board of directors at his local park, Sheil Park. This is where he “plays” basketball, which according to his wife can only be loosely considered a hobby. Even with all these interests, Kelly remains committed to making sure high quality tools and training are available to any Democrat who steps up to run for office, work on a campaign, or make their community better.