Robert Creamer

Robert Creamer has been a political organizer and strategist for five decades. He is a Partner in the Democracy Partners where he has worked with many of the country's most significant issue campaigns.

During the Obama Administration, he worked closely with the White House to pass the Affordable Care Act, hold Wall Street accountable, increase the minimum wage, improve overtime pay, pass progressive budget priorities, reform the criminal justice system, enact comprehensive immigration reform, pass legislation to stem gun violence, and gain confirmation for President Obama’s nominations to the Supreme Court.

He served as General Consultant to Americans United for Change where he helped coordinate the campaign to pass President Obama’s landmark jobs and economic recovery legislation, and the successful effort to pass the Iran Nuclear Agreement in 2015.

He was also one of the architects of the successful campaign to defeat President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security.

While President Trump was in office, he worked closely with a wide array of grass roots organizations to create “The Resistance” to Trump’s legislative agenda.

He served as a consultant to the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Democratic Presidential election campaigns and worked with the Democratic National Committee to coordinate the field based rapid response to Republican candidates McCain, Palin, Romney, Ryan, Pence and Trump.

Since 2017, Creamer has co-convened twice weekly Progressive Mobilization Calls with a wide array of national and local progressive organizations.  Since the Newtown shooting in 2012 , he has also co-convened weekly Gun Violence Prevention calls with gun violence prevention organizations from throughout the country.

Since President Biden was elected he has worked with a wide array of clients to promote passage of the Progressive Democratic agenda, the successful effort to block the “Red Wave” in 2022 and to help lay the groundwork for a Democratic victory in 2024.

During his career, he has worked on hundreds of electoral campaigns at the local, state and national level.

Creamer started his career as an organizer and political strategist working on Saul Alinsky’s last project, the Campaign Against Pollution in Chicago in the early 1970’s.

He founded Illinois Public Action (subsequently Illinois Citizen Action) in 1974, of which he was Executive Director for 23 years.   Under his leadership it became Illinois’ largest public interest coalition.

He serves on the board of the Midwest Academy which trains organizers from around the country.

Creamer is one of the co-founders of Democracy Partners. Together with Partners Linda Saucedo and Cheri Whiteman -- he  provides a wide array of services to clients, including: general consulting, strategy development, high intensity field programs, political direct mail and social media, message development, phone programs that generate advocacy patch through calls to Congress and other legislative bodies, recruitment services, polling and coalition development.

He is also an author and has written regular columns for publications such as Huffington Post and USA Today. Creamer is married to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky from Illinois.  His 2008 book is titled, Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win.

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The following interview of Creamer was conducted by the Center for Community Change in 2009 and is now in an archive at Brown University:,+Robert


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