Clayton Cox, former national finance director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), will join McGuireWoods Consulting’s federal public affairs team as a vice president in May. Well known in the Democratic party for his pivotal roles in the last three presidential campaigns, Cox brings unparalleled insight into the priorities of President Biden’s Administration, as well as both branches of Congress.
In addition to helping lead the fundraising plan for the Biden Victory Fund, notably the most successful fundraising effort in DNC and presidential history, Cox developed the fundraising launch plan for Vice Presidential nominee Senator Kamala Harris and served as the fundraising lead for Members for Biden, a fundraising effort of current and former Members of Congress for the campaign.
Prior to that, Cox led the Southeast regional fundraising campaign for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016 and served as a regional finance assistant for President Barack Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign and inauguration.
“Clayton’s decade-long run in Democratic politics at the highest levels provides clients with unique insight and strategic guidance regarding policies of the Biden Administration and the Democratically controlled Congress,” said McGuireWoods Consulting’s president and former South Carolina Gov. Jim Hodges. “We are excited to have him on board.”
McGuireWoods Consulting’s Chairman Mark Bowles echoed Gov. Hodges: “Our firm attracts top-notch talent, and Clayton is a terrific addition to our team. We look forward to his arrival.”
During his tenure at the Democratic National Committee, Cox planned and executed major fundraising events with leading principals, including President Barack Obama, then Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary Hillary Clinton and the 2020 Democratic presidential field, among others. He also developed and orchestrated the fundraising campaign for Tom Perez’s successful race for Chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2017.
“The Democratic party saw record-breaking fundraising numbers during Clayton’s time with the DNC, and his relationships as a result of these successes only enhance the ways in which McGuireWoods Consulting offers value to its clients,” said Paul Reagan, senior vice president and director of McGuireWoods Consulting’s federal public affairs team. “Clayton will be a remarkable asset to our already strong team.”
Cox is a graduate of The University of Georgia and holds a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.