Carolyn DeWitt is the President of Rock the Vote. A passionate and lifelong champion of the democratic process in the U.S. and abroad, DeWitt has a diverse background in government, politics, international development, education and in the financial sector.
It was during her time in South Africa, meeting with parties critical to the collapse of the apartheid system and the subsequent building of a democratic state, that DeWitt witnessed the power of youth movements. Convinced of the absolute necessity of a health democracy for marginalized groups, she continued on to work in Kenya, participating on the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission during an election year. DeWitt also served as senior international advisor to a youth political movement and potential presidential candidate in Madagascar.
Back home in the U.S., on the national political stage, DeWitt coordinated satellite media booking operations at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, training teams of volunteers and staffs and coordinating surrogate media appearances alongside DNC and Obama for America staff. On the local government level, DeWitt has worked as chief of staff at the Office of Chicago Alderman Daniel Solis, and as deputy campaign manager and finance director for the 25th Ward Regular Democratic Organization.
Shortly after relocating to Washington, D.C., DeWitt took up the position of director of special projects for a thriving start-up that sought to leverage technology to provide global clinical services to persons with special education and development needs in less-developed countries. DeWitt has also provided infrastructure and tracking services for therapy contractors working with DC public schools.
For the 2014 election cycle, DeWitt served as chief of staff at Pivot, a political communications firm. Ms. DeWitt studied International and African Studies, Political Studies, Psychology and Women’s Studies and earned her BA from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. She sits on the board of Coworker.org.