Warren Hires Two of the Highest-Ranking Women of Color Working in the Democratic Primary

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The Warren-Castro merger seems to be reaching a new level, feeding the illusions of those waiting for a possible duo on the ballot.

This time, after announcing his support for Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro announced on Twitter that Maya Rupert and Natalie Montelongo would be “tremendous assets” to Warren’s campaign, after having “shaped the vision that my campaign fought for.”

The announcement followed a Politico report that announced how two of the most important and influential women of color in the Democratic primary had moved from the Castro to the Warren campaign in the role of campaign manager and political director.

“Maya Rupert and Natalie Montelongo have both done important work breaking down barriers and paving the way for others to follow,” Warren told Politico in a statement. “I’m grateful that these two exceptionally talented women have joined our fight for big, structural change.”

Rupert’s work has been read in media such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Salon and The Washington Post, where she has consistently reflected on the intersection of race, gender, culture, and politics. 

Her career in political activism began as a senior policy adviser for Castro at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, after working at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Now, with Warren, she will work as a senior adviser and as a campaign surrogate, according to the media.

Montelongo has experience working with the ACLU, and in Nevada and Colorado during Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, and will now serve as a senior strategist “focusing on political and constituency outreach along with the campaign surrogate program.”

Born and raised in Texas as a first-generation American, her activism and dedication to social consciousness movements are intrinsically linked to the minority experience in the United States.

On her personal Twitter account, Montelongo said she was “honored to join a team that I’ve admired so much from afar, and excited to continue to fight for the values and issues that Julián Castro championed throughout our own campaign.”

Similarly, other top aides from the Castro campaign have joined Warren, including organizing director Lillie Catlin, director of scheduling and advance Shereen Zaid, and South Carolina state director Christina Cue.