Hari Sevugan

Hari Sevugan


Principal, 270 Strategies

Hari Sevugan is a Principal with 270 Strategies, where he has played a leading role on some of the most-watched races in the country over the last decade. Named one of Politico’s “Top 50 Politicos to Watch,” Hari has led research, policy, and communications teams on numerous statewide campaigns, and, among others, helped to elect Tim Kaine and Martin O’Malley as governor. In the 2008 election cycle, Hari served as a senior spokesman for Obama for America, where he helped lead the effort that worked to define primary opponents and later John McCain and Sarah Palin for the press corps. After the Obama campaign, Hari was appointed national press secretary at the DNC. There, in addition to being the chief spokesperson for the party, he oversaw national rapid response operations for legislative, electoral, and political efforts, which Time Magazine dubbed him one of “the President’s best friends.”  More recently, Hari has helped a national, nonprofit education advocacy group get off the ground, helped guide a political campaign in Asia to victory and ran a high-profile campaign in the New York City municipal elections.  Before he worked in politics and advocacy, Hari was an attorney and a middle school teacher in New York City. He is most proud of being the Glendale Heights, IL “Major-Minor Division” Little League MVP. He’s also the reigning champion of fantasy football league.