Vida Benavides develops and advises the Dewey Square Group’s clients on third-party outreach strategies inclusive of multicultural constituencies and consumers. She has more than 15 years of experience as a political and public affairs consultant and dedicates her spare time as a leadership strategist mentoring and training public servants, community leaders, and campaign operatives.
An expert in electoral politics, Vida provides strategic counsel to clients on policy initiatives, voter education and mobilization, political leadership, and civic engagement as part of the Dewey Square Group’s state and local multicultural practices.
Previously, Vida served as the Director of Public Liaison of the Department of Public Liaison, Voter Education, & Training for Democratic National Committee under Chairman David Wilhelm. She also served as a political aide in the Clinton/Gore Presidential Transition Team and ’92 Clinton/Gore Campaign, as an advisor to the Kerry/Edwards (2004) and Gore/Lieberman (2000) presidential campaigns.
She also served as advisor and strategist for the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE), the coalition that pursued passage of Filipino WWII Veterans Benefit Enhancement legislation. President Obama signed the bill as part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009.
Vida has served as a board member of Asian Law Caucus of San Francisco, APIAVote of Washington, and the Presidential Nomination, Timing and Scheduling Commission for the Democratic Party. Currently, she serves as Leadership Advisor to America’s Opportunity Fund.
A former Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute Fellow and US-German Marshall Fund Fellow, Vida was named one of 100 Influential Filipina American Women.
Vida is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Washington, D.C.
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