David Heifetz cleaned out his desk at the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in January and joined the effort to get public servants elected to office.
Heifetz, 28, who had written speeches for former President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett since August 2015, is now the chief communications officer of New Politics, a nonprofit that recruits and consults with candidates from public service backgrounds to run for public office.
“I’ve always been a believer in the mission, so when my service at the White House ended, I think I just felt like there’s never been a more important time to focus on people with the right values and the right leadership experience,” he said.
Heifetz wants people with public service backgrounds to not be afraid to enter the otherwise “self-selecting” system.
“These folks would be really great servant leaders, who would be the kind of people we would want in public office, [but] it requires a certain type of network, certain type of expertise and knowledge set that a lot of folks don’t have, even though they’d be great at it,” he said.