Driscoll ’08 Chosen Obama’s Rhode Island Campaign Director
Providence, R.I. — The campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama has tapped Providence College graduate Devin Driscoll ’08 to serve as the state director in Rhode Island for the 2012 election.
Driscoll is serving as the only full-time staffer throughout the state and finds himself working in multiple roles.
“I’m currently engaging with volunteers and grassroots organizations, managing field data and digital data, as well as directing the operations front to help build greater support for President Obama as the election season begins,” said Driscoll.
He also will support neighborhood teams and volunteer groups assigned to nine regions of the state. These groups are locally operated, and each has a team leader.
Driscoll is no stranger to working for the Obama team. While at PC, he served as the deputy state director of Students for Barack Obama, and was one of three staffers on the ground for the president’s first campaign following graduation in 2008.
“I saw then-Senator Obama speak at Boston University in April 2007 as part of PC’s College Democrats, and he just inspired me like nobody ever has before. I just knew then that I wanted to serve a leader I absolutely believe in,” said Driscoll, who graduated with magna cum laude honors as an English major and a political science minor.
After the election, Driscoll moved west and attended the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, where he attained a master’s degree in public policy in 2011. The Oregon native then spent the next four months completing research and analysis projects for the University of Minnesota through a post-graduate contract.
Passion for politics planted
It was through his undergraduate studies at PC where Driscoll became steeped in politics inside and outside of the classroom. He served as chairman of the statewide College Democrats of Rhode Island, treasurer of the PC Democrats, and as a member of Student Congress.
Driscoll is quick to credit his mentors and professors at the College for his political astuteness and success. In particular, he cites the instruction of Dr. Joseph P. Cammarano, assistant professor of political science; Dr. William E. Hudson, professor of political science; and Dr. Robert H. Trudeau, professor emeritus of political science.
His motivation to return to his undergraduate roots came from his desire to “give back to Rhode Island and its residents,” whom Driscoll cites as the “hardest-working and most socially engaged citizens I know.”
With the local knowledge he already has, he hopes to become more involved with local leaders who possess strong ties and roots in the area, with the hope of crafting successful programs for the campaign.
He said his greatest influence for entering into a career of public service, however, came from his deep religious faith that was formed and molded by the Dominican Order at PC.
“The Catholic and Dominican tradition of the ‘common good’ is what really pushed me into politics, as well as my graduate studies. I believe politics, and elections in particular, are a way to live values, express values, and reflect and build on the common good,” he said.
--Robbie Smith-MacDonald ’12