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Philip McNamara '97

Philip McNamara

Professional Title: 

Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Homeland Security


BA, Political Science


After graduating from UMass Amherst, Philip McNamara ’97, joined the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as the assistant to the director of party affairs and delegate selection. “It was my first ‘professional’ job,” reflects McNamara. “I was 23 and figured I would stay there for a year or two.” After the first year, however, McNamara became the deputy director of party affairs and delegate selection, and, in 2002, the director. His temporary job effectively became an 11 year career. Read more...

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  • Political Science