Blog: New Politics Welcomes Micah Scharff as Director of Strategy and Development

New Politics is thrilled today to welcome Micah Scharff as the Director of Strategy and Development, overseeing the organization’s ambitious growth plans following an election cycle where service veterans were a national movement and ran some of the strongest races in the country on both sides of the aisle.

Micah joins New Politics after serving as Finance Director and Senior Advisor for Ken Harbaugh’s congressional campaign in Ohio’s 7th Congressional District, where she led a fundraising operation that raised the most money in the country for a Democrat in a Solid Republican District and outraised the incumbent Congressman, Bob Gibbs, nearly three-to-one ($3.1 million to Gibbs’ $1.1 million).

Micah was recruited to work on the Harbaugh campaign by New Politics and she quickly became one of the country’s top fundraisers, earning her a feature story on CBS News as part of a wave of millenial women staffers entering politics for the first time. A New Politics-endorsed candidate himself, Harbaugh is a Navy veteran and former President of Team Rubicon Global who ran on putting country over party and bringing a new generation of leadership to Washington.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the New Politics team,” Micah said. “They were critical partners on the Harbaugh campaign, and are one of the only political organizations out there with a long term vision and a thoughtful strategy for how to repair our politics. New Politics is doing the critical work required to lower the barriers of entry to running for office for the best leaders in our country.”

Full Bio

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Micah serves as the Director of Strategy and Development, where she oversees the organization’s ambitious growth plan following an election cycle where service veterans were a national movement and ran some of the strongest races in the country on both sides of the aisle. She joined the team after serving as the Finance Director and Senior Advisor to Ken Harbaugh’s congressional campaign, where she led a fundraising operation that raised the most money in the country for a Democrat in a Solid Republican district. Her leadership in Harbaugh’s operation earned her a feature story on CBS This Morning, profiling millenial women who were changing politics.

Ken Harbaugh’s campaign was Micah’s first job in politics. Frustrated with the 2016 election, Micah left her role as a management consultant to join Harbaugh’s campaign. Micah quickly became one of the country’s top fundraisers, leading Harbaugh’s groundbreaking effort that earned national attention.

A proud Midwesterner, Micah was born and raised in St. Louis. She graduated from Emory University, where she studied Economics and earned 4 NCAA letters. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.