Sky Gallegos has worked in national Democratic politics for over 25 years, holding senior positions in government, non-profit, corporate and campaign arenas. She specializes in building and managing coalitions and public-private partnerships, and in designing and implementing advocacy and public relations strategies. She has honed management, strategic planning and advocacy skills through a wide variety of roles over her career. She served in three Democratic Presidential Administrations, on four different Presidential campaigns, was a Deputy CEO of the 2008 Democratic National Convention, developed and managed political programming for one of the most politically active philanthropists in the country and has consulted non-profit and corporate clients.
Sky’s political career is grounded on her work in building and managing relationships with the nation’s state and local elected officials. In the early 90’s at the Democratic National Committee, Sky was part of a team that formalized the Democratic caucus organizations for state and local elected officials, including the Democratic Attorney Generals’ Association, the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State and the National Conference of Democratic Mayors. She then served in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in President Clinton’s White House in both Clinton Administrations and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Energy in the Obama Administration.
Sky is also an experienced campaign veteran. In addition to roles in targeted states for the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Sky held prominent positions in three presidential cycles. She served on President Clinton’s re-election team in California; managed Vice President Gore’s campaign effort for twelve western states; was Senator Edwards’ National Political Director for his 2003 primary run and then managed Senator Kerry’s California campaign operation in the general election in 2004. In 2008, she skipped the campaign trail to return to her home state of Colorado to be the Deputy CEO for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Democratic National Convention.
Since 2012, Sky has managed or advised independent expenditure campaigns in support of candidates for local, state and federal office across the country. Most recently, Sky has brought her considerable political experience to the South. She has worked closely, both in paid and pro bono roles, with the emerging donor tables in TN and AL, advising them on their strategic planning and investments. She served 3 years on the Board of TN Emerge and currently serves as Chair of the C4 Board for the TN Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition.
Outside her work for political committees and elected officials, Sky has used her advocacy and public relations talent to advance critical issues like climate change and education. She helped create and then managed a statewide advocacy organization for public school reform in California and built a statewide innovation network of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) schools, programs and stakeholders in Tennessee. She also managed investments and led campaign efforts for NextGen America, a political action committee and C4 founded by philanthropist and political activist, Tom Steyer. In her time at NextGen, Sky led a multi-million-dollar independent expenditure campaign to elect climate champions across battleground states, managed efforts to drive a more prominent climate narrative in the 2016 Presidential cycle and developed and managed a program to influence the political narrative on immigration and support pro-immigrant rights’ candidates.
Sky helped launch Hilltop as one of three partners when the firm was founded in 2006 and returned in 2021. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stanford University. She is a native of Denver, Colorado, but currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her family.