Chris MacKenzie is the Communications Director for the Chamber of Progress, a new center-left tech industry policy coalition promoting technology’s progressive future. A creative communications professional with a decade of Democratic politics under his belt, Chris has a strong background in connecting with center-left voters and thought leaders through digital media campaigns and traditional press outreach.
A veteran of Capitol Hill and the campaign trail, he most recently served as Communications Director for former New Democratic Coalition and Blue Dog Coalition-member Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK). His high-visibility approach to public affairs mobilized support for Rep. Horn in a conservative state, and on Election Day, Rep. Horn was one of less than a dozen competitive Democratic candidates nationally to outperform President Joe Biden in their congressional district. Leading communications for Rep. Horn, who sat on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Chris regularly wrote on issues impacting America’s tech leaders and businesses.
Chris previously served under two other New Democratic Coalition-members, former Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) and Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL). Chris worked as a communications aide under Rep. Delaney when Delaney founded the A.I. Caucus to discuss issues of artificial intelligence with House lawmakers. With Rep. Sewell, Chris led communications and managed a public affairs campaign promoting the Voting Rights Advancement Act, a top Democratic priority in Congress today.
In addition to his work on the Hill, Chris directed the New Hampshire campaign for John Delaney’s presidential race. In the first-in-the-nation primary, Chris planned and executed 12 tours of NH for John Delaney, directing over 120 campaign stops.
Prior to the 2016 campaign trail and his work for Reps. Horn and Sewell, Chris worked with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) where he led communications for the non-profit’s democracy campaign, focusing on campaign finance reform and voting rights.
Chris has lived in Washington, D.C., for more than decade. He graduated from American University with a degree in Political Science.