Susan McCue, who has served as incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid”s (D-NV) Chief of Staff since 1999, announced on Wednesday that she will be joining the ONE campaign as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. The ONE campaign aims to “make poverty history” by rallying Americans “one by one” to address the global AIDS pandemic and extreme poverty. Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal said of McCue”s new position, “She has been extremely effective on the Hill, and we believe her talents will contribute greatly to the fight against AIDS and poverty. Her knowledge of the Hill will help in this struggle.”
McCue worked for Senator Reid for the past 15 years and has managed his policy, political, communications, and state offices since 1999. In 2004, when Senator Reid was elected Democratic Leader, McCue assembled and managed a new leadership team and created a “widely praised and far-reaching communications center that led to unprecedented unity and coordination among House and Senate caucuses and party, advocacy, and interest groups across the country,” the ONE campaign wrote in a release. Senator Reid said of McCue”s transition, “Susan has been one of my most trusted advisers since I have been on Capitol Hill. She has been at the center of every major political and policy decision I”ve made on and off the Senate floor… She”s a rare talent, and will be tremendously missed. I know that she will remain a close friend and adviser, and will make great strides at the ONE campaign in eradicating poverty and disease around the world,” according to a release from Reid”s office.
The two-year old, bipartisan ONE campaign has over 2.4 million members; enjoys massive support from celebrities including Bono, Gwen Stefani, and 50 Cent; and has partnered with some 100 humanitarian and advocacy organizations. In her new post, McCue will oversee new national media and grassroots campaigns to raise awareness and incite action to bring awareness and resources to the global fight against AIDS and extreme poverty.