Mary Beth Cahill

National Political Director, UAW and Director, UAW Washington Office

Mary Beth Cahill serves as the National Political Dirctor for the United Auto Workers (UAW), and as Director of the UAW Washington Office. Cahill is one of the nation's top political strategists, serving as assistant to the president and director of the Office of Public Liaison in the Clinton White House, chief of staff for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and campaign director for John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. 

The only woman to head up a presidential campaign that year, Cahill led Kerry through a fully engaged campaign against President George W. Bush in the 2004 election.  During her five years at EMILY's List, she helped turn the pro-choice PAC into an unrivaled political powerhouse -- the largest in the country at the time.

A Massachusetts native and daughter of a UAW autoworker, Cahill earned a degree in English and political science from Emmanuel College in Boston. In 2005, she held a fellowship at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She and her husband, Steve Champlin, live in Washington.