Cornell Belcher is an award-winning pollster, NBC/ MSNBC News political contributor, author of A Black Man in the White House: Barack Obama and the Triggering of America’s Racial Aversion Crisis, and one of the premier strategists in national progressive politics. His polling was the blueprint for the heralded 50-State Strategy as Pollster for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) under Chairman Howard Dean—Cornell was the first minority to be lead pollster for either national party. Cornell served on the polling team for both Obama presidential campaigns. Belcher was recognized for his stellar contribution to the field as one of the pollsters of the year by the Association of Political and PublicAffairs Professionals (APPC). Cornell is a seasoned campaign tactician having worked with both Senate and House Democrats as Senior Political Advisor to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), Special Projects Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and Women VOTE! Coordinator for EMILY’s List. In 2015 he was an Institute of Politics (IOP) Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. Twice Cornell has been named to The Root 100, a list of the top 100 African American achievers and influencers in the country. He also serves on George Washington University’s National Council for Media and Public Affairs.