Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg Hires Drake Institute Board Advisor Arielle Brandy

Washington D.C.—Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg recently announced his decision to hire Drake Institute of Research and Policy Board Advisor, Arielle Brandy, as the Indiana State Director for his 2020 presidential campaign. 

Arielle is the Democratic Board Member of Voter Registration for St. Joseph County, Indiana and brings extensive political experience to the Institute’s board of advisors. She previously worked as a Regional Field Director in 2016 for the Indiana Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign for John Gregg for Governor, Evan Bayh for U.S Senate and Lynn Coleman for Congress. 


As an organizer in 2016, she co-founded the St. Joseph County African American Democratic Coalition. She is currently serving her second term as Vice President and is continuously following the Coalition’s mission which aims to educate, empower and engage communities of color in politics and increase voter turnout in communities that have been disenfranchised. Alongside her membership, she continues to advocate for issues that affect the Black community through community forums and initiatives. She strives everyday to bridge the gap between government and the community. 

Arielle was recently awarded ‘Leader Under 40’ by then Mayor Buttigieg and the City of South Bend. She serves her South Bend community as Political Action Chair of the South Bend Branch of the NAACP, Committee Member for the Westside Memorial Day Parade Scholarship Fund, a member of IDAAC South Bend Chapter and a Press committee member of ‘Not In My Community’ Campaigncombating the use and distribution of synthetic drugs in her community. 

Since 2011, Arielle has served the state of Indiana as an Executive Board Member for Indiana Young Democrats and currently serves as the National Committeewoman. Standing strong with women’s rights and advocating for women’s healthcare accessibility & policies, she now serves on the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana/Kentucky Political Action Committee (PPINK PAC). 

A proud Afro-Latina voting rights activist and community organizer, she is passionate about empowering the youth into leadership and mentoring. She has become her community’s go-to on voting rights, voter registration and voter education and will continue guiding the Drake Institute of Research and Policy on best practices for improving outcomes among women voters nationwide. 

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