Tanisha Sullivan Announces Mehreen Butt as Campaign Manager for Secretary of State Run

March 10, 2022Contact: Maddie Rocklin, communications@tanishasullivan.com 

Nate Roberts will lead the organizing program as Field Director.

Today, Tanisha Sullivan announced two key additions to her campaign for Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with Mehreen Butt joining as Campaign Manager and Nate Robers as Field Director. 

“I’m thrilled to have both Mehreen and Nate on the team,” said Sullivan. “They bring years of experience in campaigns, organizing, and community building, and will provide invaluable perspective and leadership as we continue to ramp up this campaign. Both Mehreen and Nate are committed to building an inclusive, grassroots campaign that embodies the key principles our Commonwealth deserves in the Secretary of State’s office: working with and through community, bringing greater transparency and accessibility, and creating more opportunities for everyone to participate in this campaign and our democracy.”

Like Sullivan, Butt is an attorney with deep roots in her community and a commitment to service. In 2017, Mehreen became the first American Muslim woman to serve as a municipal elected official in Massachusetts, when she won her election to serve on the Wakefield Town Council, where she continues to serve. She previously worked for former State Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline), Health Care For All, Tufts Health Plan, Rosie’s Place, and Planned Parenthood. She is a Massachusetts Democratic State Committee Member who has worked and volunteered on numerous campaigns across the state and sits on the Board of Trustees of MelroseWakefield Healthcare.

“I’m so excited to join Team Tanisha and get to work,” said Butt. “I believe fiercely that Massachusetts’ deserves more from our Secretary of State when it comes to strengthening voting rights, increasing transparency, and expanding economic opportunity, and those priorities are the foundation of Tanisha’s campaign. I look forward to bringing my experience as a local elected official and social justice advocate to work alongside Tanisha and the campaign team to build a strong, dynamic campaign that reflects every community across Massachusetts.”  

Nate Roberts has helped build grassroots organizing programs across the country. Most recently, he was Outreach and Engagement Manager for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Vaccine Equity Initiative in Fall River and New Bedford – helping connect communities of color and immigrant communities with critical public health resources. Prior to that, he worked with a coalition of Massachusetts-based groups to turn out voters in Pennsylvania in the run up to the 2020 election, and as a Field Organizer on Senator Ed Markey’s successful re-election campaign, where he led organizing efforts in Southeastern Massachusetts. 

About Tanisha Sullivan

Tanisha is an attorney, former Chief Equity Officer in the Boston Public Schools and President of the NAACP Boston, who has led a career dedicated to service—from working in community and across the ideological spectrum to deliver on civil rights and social, economic, and racial justice, to decades as a practicing lawyer in corporate firms and life science companies. A Brockton native, she’s running for Massachusetts Secretary of State because it’s time to realize the full potential of this office in the fight to protect voting rights, increase government transparency and accessibility, engage the electorate, and build a stronger, more vibrant democracy for all.

Those interested in learning more about Tanisha and her campaign can visit www.TanishaSullivan.com and follow her @Tanisha4MA on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

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