Faiz Shakir is a Democratic political operative and left-progressive organizer who is the campaign manager for the 2020 Presidential Campaign of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Shakir is among the most influential political operatives on the left, having held high ranking positions with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). After the 2016 presidential election, Shakir led protests through the ACLU opposing the immigration policies of President Donald Trump.
Shakir is a practicing Muslim and has been called “the most powerful” Muslim in Democratic politics. 
Shakir was born and raised in Florida to Pakistani immigrant parents. He attended Harvard University as an undergraduate and gravitated towards progressive organizing. While a student at Harvard in 2000, Shalkir was co-chair of “Islam Awareness Week”; part of the event which Shakir denied attending, raised money for the Holy Land Foundation, a group later shut down by the federal government for sending money to Hamas. The event caused many to criticize Shakir later in his career. 
After college, Shakir worked as a junior researcher for then U.S. Senator John Kerry’s Presidential campaign, where he was involved in the response to Republican criticism of Kerry’s war record. Shakir also worked as a legislative aide to former U.S. Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, and in the communications department at the Obama administration’s White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. 
Shakir gained notoriety in the progressive movement as a writer for ThinkProgress, the publication and news arm of the large left-leaning think tank the Center for American Progress. Shakir joined ThinkProgress in 2005, eventually becoming editor-in-chief. 
In 2012, then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) hired Shakir from ThinkProgress. He worked as head of online engagement and new media in Pelosi’s office. 
Shakir then served under Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid as a senior advisor, and was credited with moving Reid’s policy positions further to the left in order to appeal more to the Democratic base in his final term in the Senate.  Shakir handled policy, communications, and outreach for key Democratic constituency groups for Reid. 
Following Reid’s retirement from the Senate, Shakir joined the American Civil Liberties Union as national political director. Shakir helped push the ACLU into a left-of-center mobilization powerhouse in opposition to the immigration policies of the Trump administration. 
Shakir informally advised U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign for President in 2016; while working on Capitol Hill, Shakir was chided in emails from John Podesta released by WikiLeaks for advising the Sanders Campaign in 2016. 
In February 2019, Sanders announced that Shakir would serve as his campaign manager in the 2020 Presidential race, making him the first Muslim campaign manager for a major Presidential campaign.