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Boston Globe: DNC's Roger Lau '00, Political Science Alum, Made History

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Monday, June 7, 2021

The Boston Globe recently published a profile on Roger Lau, deputy executive director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and 2000 graduate of the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science. The Globe reported on the hiring of Lau to the DNC leadership team back in March.

Roger Lau started his career in 1998 by answering an ad seeking an internship for Senator John Kerry's office in Springfield. Lau, at the time, was "struggling and adrift" in college, with subpar grades and a wanting resume. He landed an interview and proceeded to tell his would-be supervisor "all of his worst misdeeds," a counter-intuitive approach to a job interview where the goal is to impress the interviewer. But Lau scored points with his candor and thus the job.

According to the Globe profile, "Lau’s quiet political workmanship has influenced almost every significant Democratic campaign in Massachusetts over the past two decades." Lau became a staffer for Kerry and later worked on his 2004 presidential campaign. In addition, Lau joined Congressman Marty Meehan's office as district director in 2006, then managed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas' 2007 special election campaign to fill the seat after Meehan's resignation. In 2008 Lau joined Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as state director, managed Kerry's 2008 Senate re-election campaign, and, in 2009, managed Michael former Congressman Michael Capuano's 2010 re-election campaign. In 2012 he directed Elizabeth Warren's 2012 Senate campaign and her 2018 re-election, in addition to her 2020 presidential campaign.

Lau "has since earned a reputation as a savvy yet self-effacing strategist who avoids the spotlight," reports the Globe, and rarely joins in any public display of political theater. 

“He puts his head down, does the work, and never ever seeks the glory or the credit or the recognition,” said Nikko Mendoza, Warren’s state director, told the Globe.

Read the Boston Globe profile on Roger Lau '00 here. (Content may appear behind a paywall.)