Political Organizer and Strategist in Des Moines, Iowa
Robert Becker has been managing political campaigns and implementing organizing strategies around the world for three decades. He has worked on numerous U.S. presidential campaigns, including Sen. Bernie Sanders’ revolutionary 2016 campaign.
Becker has put his “boots-on-the-ground” organizing and training political activists in countries emerging from repressive regimes like Zimbabwe, Indonesia, Rwanda, Libya, Nigeria and Egypt.
When Becker was hired to serve as the Iowa state director for the Bernie Sanders campaign in early 2015, polls showed them trailing Hillary Clinton 68-7% in the Hawkeye State. After helping build an unprecedented statewide organizing team, Sanders battled to a “virtual tie” in the closest presidential caucus in Iowa’s history.
Becker went on to help guide Sanders to victory in the Michigan primary, a contest FiveThirtyEight dubbed “one of the greatest upsets in modern political history” and oversaw operations in New York and California.
Becker, formerly based in Cairo, is one of the foreign nationals convicted in Egypt’s 2011 crackdown on civil society organizations. While standing trial on trumped up political charges for over a year, he, along with several Egyptian political organizers who arose as leaders following the 2011 revolution, formed The Tanzeem Group, a grassroots organizing firm.