Aneesa S. McMillan
Director of Strategic Communications and Voting Rights, Priorities USA
Democracy: Voting Rights and Freedom of the Press
Ms. Aneesa McMillan is one of America’s leading political communicators. She currently serves as Director of Strategic Communications and Voting Rights at Priorities USA — the largest Democratic Super PAC in the nation — where she helps lead the organization's communications strategy while managing a $32 million litigation program aimed at challenging restrictive voting laws across the country.
Over the course of her career, Aneesa has worked with the country's top progressive leaders to effectively develop and deliver their messaging. Prior to joining Priorities, she served as communications advisor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. In that role, she helped launch some of Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray’s most notable policy initiatives, including “3-K For All” and “Brothers/Sisters Thrive,” the latter of which sought to address disparities in mental health care access in the Black community.
Aneesa began her career as a reporter in her home state of Alabama, and went on to serve as press secretary to Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL). For nearly five years, she worked to establish Rep. Sewell as a national voice on voting and civil rights. Aneesa then joined U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 Presidential campaign as South Carolina communications director.
She was subsequently promoted to the senator’s national team and managed national surrogates while continuing to support and lead communications efforts. Following the conclusion of the Sanders campaign, Aneesa worked briefly with a pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC before becoming Deputy Communications Director for then-Congressman Keith Ellison's bid for DNC Chair.
Aneesa is a cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science. She also holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.