Director of Strategic Engagement
Harry Baumgarten joined ACS in May 2019 as Director of Strategic Engagement. His work focuses on judicial nominations before the U.S. Senate and strengthening the ACS professional pipeline.
During more than three years in Congress, Baumgarten served as Legislative Director and Counsel to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Acting Legislative Director and Counsel to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke. He advised them on judiciary, oversight, and foreign policy, oversaw the drafting of more than 25 bills, managed legislative teams, and negotiated legislation that passed the House of Representatives. He also led the Congressional Black Caucus’ Immigration Working Group in opposing the Muslim ban, public charge rule, proposed changes to the Diversity Visa Program, and termination of Temporary Protected Status for Haiti and Sudan.
Following the 2016 elections, Baumgarten was dispatched as an election observer in service to the Committee on House Administration to help ensure that the House of Representatives could certify the results of a California general election to Congress.
Prior to his time on Capitol Hill, Baumgarten served as Partner Legal Fellow at the Campaign Legal Center where he helped launch the Voting Rights Institute, reviewed alleged violations of voting rights law, and assisted with amicus briefs for redistricting and apportionment cases that were heard before the Supreme Court.
Baumgarten received his J.D./M.P.P. from Georgetown University and his B.A. with honors from the George Washington University. While in law school, Baumgarten served as ACS Chapter President, Student Managing Editor of the Food and Drug Law Journal, and a member of the Student Bar Association’s Rank and Tenure Committee. He also served as Senior Print Editor for the Georgetown Public Policy Review at the McCourt School of Public Policy.