April 12, 2006—The Deval Patrick campaign today announced that Deputy Campaign
Manager and Communications Director Kahlil Byrd
is leaving his full-time position to return to business and foreign
policy interests he suspended when he joined the campaign. Byrd will
remain a paid senior advisor to the campaign through the convention on June
one of the top advisors who has been with us since the beginning, I will miss
Kahlil’s support and advice," said Patrick. "But, as a former corporate
executive, I understand that key business development decisions often can’t
wait and I wish Kahlil well as he pursues his entrepreneurial goals," Patrick
joined the campaign in March 2005 and has worked seven-day weeks since then,
providing communications advice and input on strategy and execution of the
overall campaign plan.
has been a key part of the team that has helped to take Deval from zero name
recognition to the momentum we all now feel about our grassroots success," said
John Walsh, Patrick’s campaign
joining the campaign Byrd helped launch the US
operations of the African Public Broadcasting Foundation, an
organization focused on creating a viable public service television
network on the continent. He plans to return to this effort, and others,
dedicated to creating sustainable media in the developing world.
is also an International Affairs Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations,
a position he deferred last year to work with the campaign. This
fellowship gives successful mid career professionals the
opportunity to bridge the gap between thought and action in foreign policy.
Former fellows include Samantha Power and Condoleeza Rice.
will be a part of this campaign—either as an advisor or a volunteer—until
election day," he said. "Deval Patrick is the best candidate in this field and
will make a great Governor—he will specifically be a great Governor for those
like me who have an entrepreneurial interest and need someone in the corner
office who knows how to create and keep good jobs in our state."
goal was to help Deval and the campaign team establish a solid
communications foundation and to launch well," Byrd said. "Deval is
inspiring people in the state and I think he has gathered a great team of
professionals to take this campaign through the hard stretch run to