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Nick Chedli Carter

Nicholas “Nick” Chedli Carter is a left-of-center activist and Democratic Party strategist. Carter is the managing director for Resilient Democracy Fund, a left-leaning voter engagement initiative.

In 2016, Carter was the national political outreach director for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and went on to work for the Clinton 2016 Presidential Campaign as the National Progressive Outreach Director. [1] Carter sits on the boards of left-leaning organizations including Center for Civic Design (CCD),[2] One for Democracy,[3] and Color of Change PAC. [4] Liberal organizations for which Carter has worked for include Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Vice Media Group. [5]

Presidential Campaigns

Carter was an early supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders and was the Managing Director of Friends of Bernie Sanders and Progressive Voters of America, Sanders’ political action committee, prior to Sanders announcing his 2016 presidential campaign. [6] Carter went onto serve as the national political outreach director for the Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign. In July 2016, Carter joined then-Democratic nominee-presumptive Hillary Clinton’s campaign as the national progressive outreach coordinator. [7]

Boards and Committees

Carter sits on the board of the Center for Civic Design (CCD). [8] CCD pushes for changes in voting laws such as increased voting by mail, including allowing voters to print out their ballot at home before mailing it. [9] CCD partners with left-wing organizations including Democracy Fund, Knight Foundation, and James Irvine Foundation.

In 2019, Carter served on the investment committee for New Media Ventures (NMV) a left-of-center organization that provides funding to up-and-coming left-wing groups. [10] The investment committee advises NMV during the selection process for its grants. In 2019, Sunrise Movement, Swing Left, Contest Every Race, Vote.org, and Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), all of which support Democrats outright or engage in get-out-the-vote campaigns focused on left-wing voters, received support from NMV. [11] NMV also provided funding to the Movement for Black Lives (MBL) to develop an app to help MBL implement its 2024 political organizing strategy. [12]

Carter was a member of the 2020 Convening Planning Committee for Funders Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP) which was sponsored by the left-leaning groups W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and Arabella Advisors. [13] FCCP is a project of the major left-wing fiscal sponsor NEO Philanthropy and provides funding for left-wing voter engagement initiatives. [14] FCCP’s left-of-center members include AFL-CIOGeorge Soros’ Open Society Foundations, Tides Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Family Fund. [15]

Carter is a member of the One for Democracy advisory board. [16] One for Democracy was founded in March 2020 with the goal of raising $100,000,000 from wealthy liberal donors to support Democratic candidates in the 2020 election. [17] The organization asks that donors pledge 1 percent of their wealth to left-leaning groups. Donors to One for Democracy include Liesel Pritzker Simmons, Ian Simmons, and Deborah Sagner. [18] Left-wing foundations that support One for Democracy are Wallace Global Fund, Moriah Fund, and Marguerite Casey Foundation. [19]

In 2020, Carter joined the executive board of Color of Change PAC, the elections arm for the left-wing racial-aligned advocacy group Color of Change. [20] Color of Change PAC sponsors the Voting While Black project and endorses far-left candidates including Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). [21] Color of Change PAC has also called on politicians to reject donations from police unions labeling them “killer cop organizations.” [22]

Vice Media

Carter was the director of advocacy for Vice Media Group, a left-of-center news organization, from 2017 through 2018. [23] In his role, Carter helped launch Vice Impact which partnered with People’s Climate March, Sierra Club, and National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) to promote their left-wing agendas. [24] Vice Impact promoted NCTE’s Rally for Transgender Equality and Trans Lobby Day which pushed for laws mandating transgender students in schools be able to use the bathroom of their choice. [25] In an article introducing Vice Impact, Carter supported “sanctuary city” policies forbidding local law enforcement compliance with federal immigration authorities, new environmental regulations, and more government control over tap-water infrastructure. [26]

Other Positions

Carter is the managing director of Resilient Democracy and its left-leaning voter initiatives arm Resilient Democracy Fund. [27] Resilient Democracy Fund has partnered with other groups Carter has supported, such as Democracy Alliance and FCCP. [28] [29]

Carter is a technology and democracy fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School. [30]

Carter was the grassroots organizer for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and was the outreach director for Keith Ellison (D-MN). [31]

References

  1. “Nick C.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-carter/. ^
  2. “Board of Directors.” Center for Civic Design. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://civicdesign.org/about/directors/. ^
  3. “About.” One for Democracy. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.onefordemocracy.org/about. ^
  4. “Color Of Change PAC Institutes New Executive Board with Progressive Leaders Including Ashley Allison and Guy Cecil.” Voting While Black. February 11, 2020. https://votingwhileblack.com/color-of-change-pac-institutes-new-executive-board-with-progressive-leaders-including-ashley-allison-and-guy-cecil/. ^
  5. “Nick C.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-carter/. ^
  6. “Nick C.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-carter/. ^
  7. “Nick C.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-carter/. ^
  8. “Board of Directors.” Center for Civic Design. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://civicdesign.org/about/directors/. ^
  9. “Remote Ballot Marking Systems.” Center for Civic Design. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://civicdesign.org/projects/remote-ballot-marking/. ^
  10. “2019 Portfolio.” New Media Ventures. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.newmediaventures.org/investments/announcements/2019. ^
  11. “2019 Portfolio.” New Media Ventures. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.newmediaventures.org/investments/announcements/2019. ^
  12. “2019 Portfolio.” New Media Ventures. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.newmediaventures.org/investments/announcements/2019. ^
  13. “2020 Convening.” FCCP. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://funderscommittee.org/2020convening/. ^
  14. Aora, Shweta; Bacon, Kira; Bowers; and Bowers, Aisha. Funders Committee For Civic Participation. “Funders Committee For Civic Participation Website Analysis and Recommendations.” Accessed March 19, 2021. http://slideplayer.com/slide/3886076/. ^
  15. “About.” Funders Committee For Civic Participation. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://funderscommittee.org/about/. ^
  16. “About.” One for Democracy. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.onefordemocracy.org/about. ^
  17. Schwartz, Brian. “Voting groups get $38 million boost from donor funds backed by wealthy Democrats.” CNBC. August 27, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/27/voting-groups-get-38-million-boost-from-donor-funds-backed-by-wealthy-democrats.html. ^
  18. “Community.” One for Democracy. Accessed March 26, 2021. https://www.onefordemocracy.org/community. ^
  19. “Community.” One for Democracy. Accessed March 26, 2021. https://www.onefordemocracy.org/community. ^
  20. “Color Of Change PAC Institutes New Executive Board with Progressive Leaders Including Ashley Allison and Guy Cecil.” Voting While Black. February 11, 2020. https://votingwhileblack.com/color-of-change-pac-institutes-new-executive-board-with-progressive-leaders-including-ashley-allison-and-guy-cecil/. ^
  21. “Our Endorsements.” Voting While Black. Accessed March 26, 2021. https://votingwhileblack.com/endorsements/. ^
  22. Color of Change Pac. Facebook. June 18, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/colorofchangepac/photos/a.1576367566003138/2340594059580481/?type=3. ^
  23. “Nick C.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-carter/. ^
  24. Jarvey, Natalie. “Vice Media Launches Advocacy Vertical.” The Hollywood Reporter. April 24, 2017. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/vice-media-launches-advocacy-vertical-996674. ^
  25. “Support Trans Student’s Rights.” Vice. April 12, 2017. https://www.vice.com/en/article/gv7jpx/call-to-action-support-trans-student-rights. ^
  26. Carter, Nick Chedli. “Welcome to Vice Impact.” Vice. April 25, 2017. https://www.vice.com/en/article/gv7dyy/welcome-to-vice-impact. ^
  27. “Nicholas Carter.” Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://ash.harvard.edu/people/nicholas-carter. ^
  28. “Democracy Alliance: Taking Our Democracy Back (2018 Fall Investment Conference).” Accessed March 26, 2021. https://eclinik.files.wordpress.com/2018/11/393377199-democracy-alliance-full-fall-2018-agenda.pdf. ^
  29. “FROM TRANSACTION TO TRANSFORMATION Relational Organizing as a Winning Civic Engagement Strategy .” Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation. Accessed December 17, 2020. https://funderscommittee.org/event/from-transaction-to-transformation-relational-organizing-as-a-winning-civic-engagement-strategy/. ^
  30. “Nicholas Carter.” Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://ash.harvard.edu/people/nicholas-carter. ^
  31. “Nick C.” LinkedIn. Accessed March 19, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-carter/. ^

Connected Organizations

  1. 2020 Vision Ventures (Non-profit)
    Managing Director
  2. Resilient Democracy Fund (Non-profit)
    Managing Director
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