March 5, 2019
By Jorian Lewke
Editor’s Note: Pavitra is now the New Hampshire Organizing Director for the Kamala Harris presidential campaign.
NDTC is SO lucky to have an amazing staff, and we want to share their amazingness with the world! We’ll be highlighting a different staff member every month so you can get to know all of us a little better.
Here’s our conversation with Pavitra.
Tell us about yourself! What has your professional life looked like? How did you get your start in politics?
My professional life has been a combination of campaigns and non-profit work! I got my start purely by chance as an organizing fellow for President Obama’s reelection campaign in Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Blue!). Working as an organizing fellow led to a full-time position as an organizer on the campaign. It was through this experience that I had my first foray into organizing and campaign work and I have been absolutely hooked ever since!
After 2012, I went back to school but knew I wanted to get back in the game as soon as possible. I went on to work at the National Organization for Women (NOW) and spent time with People for the American Way.
In 2015, I moved to Iowa to work the caucuses for Hillary Clinton! That campaign took me all over the country and led me back to Iowa as the Training Director for the general election. The results of the 2016 election were devastating for all of us, but after a much-needed break, I returned to the work I love at NDTC!
What is your position at NDTC?
Director of Live Training & Political Partnerships.
What is your favorite part about working at NDTC?
I love getting to work at an organization that is truly democratizing the political space. Every day, I get to see the impact of the work we are doing and that is a rarity. I am constantly inspired by our trainees for doing the hard work it takes to run for office and support political campaigns!
How do you practice self-care?
SO MANY WAYS. I am a morning runner – this is my important “me” time. I also love live music and have season tickets to the Lyric. Beyond that, I watch a lot of reality television, keep fresh flowers in my apt, and never say no to a face mask.
What’s a piece of advice you’d like to give to other candidates or potential candidates?
You CAN and SHOULD do this!!
Coffee or tea?
Favorite tv show?
Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook?
What are you currently reading?
If you weren’t working in politics, what would you be doing?
I’d be a Radio City Rockette. Or at least in their full-time fan club.
Biggest pet peeve?
When people are late.
What is the theme song for your life?
Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin