Walter Swett grew up in Rochester, NY and has worked as a political professional since 1998. He has been involved with successful campaign initiatives on behalf of former Governors Eliot Spitzer & David Paterson; former Congress Members Maurice Hinchey, Kathy Hochul & Dan Maffei; and Congress Members Joe Crowley, Hakeem Jeffries & Carolyn Maloney.
For the past five years Walter led Congressman Crowley’s efforts in New York to position himself for future leadership opportunities. He tripled Congressman Crowley’s New York City fundraising in the first year and worked to get key New Yorkers vested in the Congressman’s success. He worked with Team Crowley to ensure that a consistent message regarding the opportunities ahead for New York in Crowley’s rise was delivered. In addition, he led the Congressman’s “Better Days” fundraising events which raised over $1.3 million for 14 of the top 2018 House races.
Prior to co-founding Dynamic SRG, he served as Executive Director of the Rangel campaign. Walter led Congressman Rangel’s efforts to flip the House to Democratic control in 2006 and subsequently expand the majority. Walter pioneered the use of joint fundraising committees to raise millions of dollars to assist other Democratic Candidates and drove Congressman Rangel’s efforts to be consistently among the top fundraisers in the House of Representatives. Walter provided strategic consulting to a number of candidates, worked closely with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to allocate funds to targeted races, managed Congressman Rangel’s political schedule, and coordinated all political fundraising initiatives. Walter coordinated all of the Congressman’s activities on behalf of charitable initiatives, with the only exception being the Rangel Center at City College.
Walter was recognized by City Hall News as one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in New York Politics. He served two terms as the President of the Bard College Alumni Association and is a Member of the Alumni Board of Governors. He completed the Coro Leadership New York XIII program, an intensive year-long civic leadership program for mid-career professionals and has led political entrepreneurship training seminars for the New Leaders Council. He co-founded the Junior’s Forum, a bi-monthly breakfast discussion group focusing on policies and politics affecting New York City. He currently Chairs the Board of the Union Congregational Weekday Nursey School.