Sean Downey has more than fifteen years of experience in political management, coalition-building, and field and communications strategy at the local, state and national levels.
Prior to joining Hilltop, Sean served as District Director for U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, leading the Congresswoman’s New Hampshire staff.
During the 2012 campaign cycle, Sean served as Political Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign in New Hampshire. Sean led a department tasked with managing high-level relationships, overseeing the campaign’s work with organized labor, and activating a broad range of in-state surrogates in support of the campaign’s communications and organizing goals. New Hampshire delivered President Obama the second-widest margin of victory among all battleground states, leading the way to a Democratic wave and retaining the Governor’s office, flipping both congressional districts and a majority in the House of Representatives and Executive Council.
In 2011, Sean served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, overseeing all party operations. The cycle saw Democrats maintain commanding majorities in both houses of the New Jersey legislature.
In 2010, Sean served as Senior Advisor to New Hampshire Governor John Lynch. Despite a national Republican tide, Governor Lynch won re-election to an unprecedented fourth term in the corner office.
Sean’s other political work has included advisory roles with the Ready for Hillary PAC, senior positions with Chris Dodd for President and U.S. Senator Evan Bayh, the NH Senate Democratic Caucus and roles in both the Capitol Hill office and New Hampshire presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman.
Sean has appeared as a political commentator on national and local television news outlets as well as print and electronic media. He is a 2002 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.