Rhiana Gunn-Wright, who served as Abdul El-Sayed’s policy director for his 2018 gubernatorial campaign, has moved on to the national stage.
E&E News, a Washington, D.C.-based energy journal, reports that Gunn-Wright is part of a nonprofit, the New Consensus, that’s crafting the “Green New Deal” championed in Washington, D.C., by U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). The goal is to move the United States from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
Ocasio-Cortez endorsed El-Sayed’s bid and campaigned for him during the Democratic primary, which he lost to now-Gov.-Elect Gretchen Whitmer. Both El-Sayed and Ocasio-Cortez have snagged significant media attention as being part of the next generation of the movement of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders-style progressives.
Gunn-Wright, 29, is a Rhodes Scholar like El-Sayed. She told E&E News that his campaign served as “a training ground,” as it was her first time “running a policy team and doing field work.”
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