Daria Dawson

Executive Director

Daria Dawson is the Executive Director of America Votes. In this role, Daria leads day-to-day management of the organization, overseeing all department heads and implementation of strategic objectives, including fostering a culture of strong civic participation, voter engagement and mobilization, and advocating for fair, modern elections.

Daria joined America Votes in 2020 and previously served as Deputy Executive Director as National Political Director. In these roles, she planned and implemented America Votes’ electoral programs and managed the organization’s strategic initiatives, external communications, and programmatic budgets.

During her career in democratic and progressive politics, Daria has served in many capacities on electoral campaigns and organizations including serving as the Director of Strategic Engagement for then-Senator Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign and the Deputy National Political Director at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she also led the congressional lobbying efforts of the Fight for $15 campaign in its early stages. In 2021, Business Insider named Daria one of the “20-sought after female strategists to watch in 2022 and 2024 as more women in the US enter the arena.”

Born and raised in Florida, Daria is a graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of Florida, Levin College of Law.