Mary Beth Cahill

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Mary Beth Cahill
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
In office
February 5, 1999 – January 20, 2001
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byMinyon Moore
Succeeded byLezlee Westine
Personal details
BornDecember 1954 (age 65)
Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materEmmanuel College (BA)

Mary Beth Cahill (born December 1954) is an American political advisor who served as the campaign manager of the John Kerry 2004 presidential campaign. She was Kerry's second campaign manager, replacing Jim Jordan in November 2003, after Jordan was fired by Kerry.[1] In February 2018, Cahill was named interim CEO of the Democratic National Committee.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Cahill was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts and raised in Framingham, Massachusetts by a large, politically active, Irish-Catholic family. Cahill graduated from Emmanuel College, Boston, a small local Catholic liberal arts school with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and political science in 1976.[3][4][5]


Cahill started her political career by working as a receptionist and caseworker for Congressman Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest. After which she became Chief of Staff for Representative Barney Frank.[6] In 1986, she was the campaign manager for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT).[7] She was also an Assistant to the President and Director of Public Liaison[8] in Bill Clinton's White House and chief of staff to Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA).

Following the Kerry campaign, Cahill was a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in the spring of 2005. She led a study group for undergraduates entitled "Campaigns 101."

Cahill last worked to raise funds for Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick, who defeated Attorney General Tom Reilly and businessman Chris Gabrieli in the 2006 primary and Kerry Healey in the general election.

Cahill was the Executive Director of EMILY's List for five years and has trained women on how to run for political office in countries including Russia, Macedonia, and Ireland.


  1. ^ Associated Press (2003-11-10). "Kerry Fires Campaign Manager". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  2. ^ Debenedetti, Gabriel; Dovere, Edward-Isaac (February 1, 2018). "DNC hires Mary Beth Cahill as interim CEO". Politico. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  3. ^ Johanna Neuman (2004-01-29). "Campaign Manager in Spotlight as Kerry Becomes Frontrunner". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  4. ^ "Years of Planning." (PDF). Emmanuel magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  5. ^ "Mary Beth Cahill". The Graduate School of Political Management. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  6. ^ "Our Advisory Board". Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  7. ^ Karen Tumulty (2004-03-08). "The Miracle Worker". Time. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  8. ^ "White House Transition Project Institutional Memory Series: The White House Office of Public Liaison" (PDF). p. 8. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2009-07-25.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minyon Moore
Director of the Office of Public Liaison
Succeeded by
Lezlee Westine