Tuesday, February 2, 2021 - Anne Caprara, Chief of Staff for Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, joins STAFFER to dive deep into the hard work of a political campaign and managing a government office. She has previously worked in the House, and the Senate, and she now holds a role in state politics. In this episode, Anne shares her opinion on the current state of Washington and how we move forward, as well as her extremely interesting views on how our government functions.
Anne Caprara was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and graduated from American University in 2001 with a B.A. in communications, law, economics, and government. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2003 with an M.A. in political management, while concurrently working as a Business Development Assistant at Cassidy & Associates – a government relations firm in Washington DC.
After graduating from GWU, Anne started working as a Research Tracker at EMILY’s List – a year later, she became Deputy Research Director, a role she worked in for just over two years. After leaving EMILY’s List in 2006, Anne worked as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Betty Sutton (D-OH). She left this role in 2007 to become the Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Betsy Markey’s (D-CO) first congressional campaign – a campaign she was victorious in. After the win, Anne continued on as Congresswoman Markey’s Chief of Staff for two years, leaving the role after her reelection loss in 2011. With this stint, Anne served as COS for two members of Congress before the age of 30.
In May 2011, Anne took a job at the DSCC as Deputy Political Director (where she covered all races east of Wisconsin), and in January 2013 moved into the role of Political Director, where she helped oversee Senate races in 33 states. She was in this role for two additional years, leaving in December 2014. In February 2015, Anne returned to EMILY’s List as the Vice President of Campaigns, but she only remained in this role until May, at which time she became the Executive Director for Priorities USA (Hillary Clinton’s $190 million PAC), which, at the time, was the largest in presidential campaign history.
In January 2017, Anne became a Senior Advisor for Priorities USA, but only remained in this role for 3 months, as in March 2017, she became Campaign Manager for then-candidate JB Pritzker’s ultimately victorious campaign for Governor of Illinois. The campaign lasted just under two years (until January 2019), at which times Gov. Pritzker was sworn in and Anne became his Chief of Staff, a role she still holds today.
She was named to Politico Playbook’s Power List “19 to Watch in 2019,” after her win in the Pritzker race. At the time, Pritzker’s gubernatorial campaign was one of the nation’s most expensive and expansive statewide campaigns and was hailed by Politico as a campaign that could have a huge influence on how politicos approached national office campaigns in 2020, due to the enormous investments in the field and in digital. In April 2020, Anne was named by Chicago Magazine as one of “The 50 Most Powerful Women in Chicago” and has been working as Governor Pritzker’s point person for the state’s coronavirus response.