Secretary Pete is busy selling Biden's jobs plan. His former advocacy group will sell Biden's larger agenda.

  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stepped down from his Win the Era effort after Biden nominated him to the Cabinet.
  • Win the Era Action Fund will now focus on climate change, economic justice, democracy reform, mental health, national service — all issues Buttigieg campaigned on in 2020.
  • Win the Era is expected to voluntarily disclose donors behind contributions of $250 or more.
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While Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is busy selling President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan, his nonprofit issue advocacy group is pivoting its mission to focus on five issues the former presidential candidate campaigned on — and it’s doing so without him, and with new leadership. 

Win the Era Action Fund — the 501(c)(4) nonprofit launched by Buttigieg last April alongside a political action committee of the same name — will focus on climate change, economic justice, democracy reform, mental health, and national service, said Swati Mylavarapu, former national investment chair for Buttigieg’s presidential campaign and chair of the organization’s new board. 

The board will operate independently from Buttigieg and will include two former candidates previously endorsed by Win the Era PAC: Michelle De La Isla, the mayor of Topeka, Kansas, and Jevin Hodge, who ran unsuccessfully last year for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in Arizona. 

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Buttigieg, who founded the organization last April after his presidential bid came to an end, stepped down from the group following his nomination and subsequent confirmation at Transportation. A spokesman for Buttigieg didn’t return messages seeking comment. 

The outfit’s new mission statement focuses on “fostering a new politics that brings people together in support of bold, equitable, and sustainable solutions.”

“Over the past two years this group of supporters has demonstrated a commitment to rolling up our sleeves and doing the necessary work of building a future where every American feels a sense of belonging, all while exhibiting a joyfulness and passion unlike anything I’ve experienced before,” Mylavarapu said in a statement to Insider. 

The group — which stopped taking recurring, automatic donations at the beginning of the year — plans to voluntarily disclose names of donors over $250. A person familiar with the group’s plan said fundraising wouldn’t be an immediate priority. A draft of an email Win the Era planned to send to supporters and reviewed by Insider did not include a “donate” button.

“Right now we have a generational opportunity for a more equitable and sustainable country, and I’m pleased to know Win the Era will be organized and ready to continue championing the values we share,” Mylavarapu said.

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