July is the month of summer vacations, beach parties, and winding down. But not for the National Democratic Training Committee! We hosted 7 live trainings across the country and trained over 500 people. We were also thrilled to be a part of the New Leaders Council 2018 Convention as well as the Collective Pac’s Black Campaign School in Atlanta.

To start the month, NDTC headed to Houston, Texas to join the New Leaders Council for their annual convention. At the event, our Founder and CEO, Kelly Dietrich trained attendees on fundraising best practices for their campaigns and organizations.

It was a fantastic opportunity to engage with new learners. With these live trainings, NDTC makes sure everyone has access to the fundraising tools they need to be successful.

But, that wasn’t the only convention we were a part of in July! After the NLC Convention, our new Deputy Political Director, Jauwan Hall, attended Black Campaign School. While there, he spoke with attendees about the importance of live trainings and make sure that each of the Collective Pac’s candidates have resources they need to win their campaigns!

Democrats in Illinois are Focused on Down Ticket Races

To start, NDTC was thrilled to join up with Representative Cheri Bustos’ team in Collinsville, Illinois as part of her Build the Bench program. Our very own Brittny Baxter trained learners on the importance of running a strategic digital outreach program to amplify the work of their campaigns. We also joined team Brad Schneider for his Activate IL-10 training in Lincolnshire.

What Happens in Vegas…Spreads Across the State!

Together with the Nevada Democratic Party, we hosted two trainings in state – one in Las Vegas and one in Reno. These trainings were a powerful opportunity to bring candidates, their staff, local party leaders, and volunteers together from across the state.

NDTC trainers dove into the hard skills needed to share a personal story, run a grassroots field operation, and effectively employ digital tactics. We were also thrilled to be joined by Jacky Rosen.

Virginia is for Lovers…and Democrats!

Finally, NDTC Trainers joined the Democratic Party of Virginia for our second annual Pat Jennings Project Training in Fairfax. This training was one of our biggest yet bringing together trainees from far and wide.

Not only did learners leave with a deeper understanding of what running a campaign in Virginia looks like, they also came away with a deep network of supporters in their own communities.

Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year at our 46 live trainings across the country. Over the upcoming months we’ll be heading out to various states to help with Get-Out-The-Vote trainings. Interested in us coming to your state? Email [email protected] to start the process!

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Pavitra Abraham

Pavitra Abraham is the former Director of Live Training and Political Partnerships at the National Democratic Training Committee. She got her start as a field organizer on Barack Obama's presidential campaign in Michigan, where she first fell in love with organizing. Since then, she has spent time with the National Organization for Women and People for the American Way working to reach women of color across the country through grassroots organizing. Before coming to NDTC, she was the Training Director for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in Iowa.

A proud Michigan native, Pavitra is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in political science, focusing on American politics and gender studies. In her spare time, she enjoys all reality television, attending the Chicago Symphony, and cheering on Michigan sports. Go Blue!