Cormac Flynn serves as national director of the National Committee to Draft Oprah Winfrey for President of the United States 2020, which he founded.
With a background in advocacy, fundraising and political campaign management, Cormac has most recently worked as an executive coach and consultant on strategy and organization development.
In 2014, Cormac left his role as a vice president at the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund after fifteen years leading a transformative project to improve political outcomes on environmental issues by building a seamless nationwide advocacy network. In that project, Cormac helped increase spending on state environmental advocacy tenfold, build state-by-state common agendas and messaging among environmental groups, unite dozens of independent state organizations under a single national umbrella, and bring climate change to the forefront of national politics.
Before joining the League, Cormac worked with as a campaign manager, organizer, and fundraiser for Democratic Party candidates across the country. Cormac’s work led him to periods living in communities like Winchester, TN; Reidsville, NC; Salinas, CA; Erie, PA; Lansing, MI; Bay City, MI; Lakeland, FL and more. Candidates worked for included such well-known names as U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, U.S. Representatives Ted Weiss of New York, John Moody of Wisconsin, and Frank Pallone of New Jersey as well as 1988 Democratic Presidential nominee Michael Dukakis. Cormac also managed the 1997 Brooklyn Civil Court campaign of Deborah Silber, first successful countywide LGBT candidate in New York State.
Cormac’s campaign experience is notable in its scope. He has worked for candidates at every level of American government, from city council to Presidential runs. He has lived and worked in rural, urban, and suburban settings, in old industrial areas and new built boom towns, in painfully poor and stunningly wealthy corners of the country. At kitchen tables and church gatherings, Cormac learned firsthand the challenges Americans face and the faiths and communities that sustain them. He believes passionately that Oprah Winfrey can help bring the country together and transcend the divisive anger, frustration, and hopelessness that colors our politics today.
Cormac lives on the street where he grew up in New York City and is very active in local community affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bard College and a professional certificate in Executive Coaching from New York University.
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