Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs at the University of Chicago, Former Obama White House Office of Urban Affairs Official, and frequent MSNBC political commentator. Alaina Beverly is an expert in politics, urban policy, civil rights, and community mobilization with over 15 years of experience in electoral politics and government relations. A frequent commentator on MSNBC, Alaina regularly provides insights on race and electoral politics. Alaina began her career as a voting rights attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and Advancement Project. She left the practice of law to serve as a political operative for the 2008 Obama for America Campaign where she executed political engagement strategies for primaries in South Carolina, Connecticut, Ohio, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Michigan. During the General Election, Alaina served as the National Deputy Director of African American Outreach. After the 2008 electoral victory, Alaina joined the Obama Administration as Associate Director for the White House Office of Urban Affairs. In that role, she laid the foundation for President Obama’s urban office by identifying scalable models to make cities more sustainable, competitive and inclusive. She also served as a Principal at The Raben Group, a public policy firm in Washington DC. In her current role as Assistant Vice President for Urban Affairs at the University of Chicago, Alaina is the founding director of Urban America Forward, an annual convening of national leaders committed to furthering equity and economic inclusion in cities. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Michigan Law School.