Caroline Chambers is deputy director and senior domestic policy advisor for the Washington Office of the Open Society Foundations. Chambers works closely with the staff to develop and implement advocacy strategies on critical domestic policy areas, including voting and elections, drug policy, judicial nominations, racial equality, civil liberties, public health, criminal justice, and immigration reform.
Since 1986, Chambers has worked on a broad range of domestic policy issues, primarily for the U.S. Congress and two administrations. Most recently, from 2009 to 2010, she served in the White House as director of confirmations for President Barack Obama. There, she oversaw Senate approval of over 600 of the president’s nominees for high-level administration positions. In 2000, she served in the Clinton White House on the Domestic Policy Council staff as deputy director of the Council on Youth Violence.
In the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2001, Chambers was policy director for Senator Byron Dorgan, legislative director for Senator Paul Wellstone, and staff director of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC), the policy and research arm of the Democratic leadership under Majority Leader Tom Daschle. In addition to directing the work of the DPC, Chambers advised the leadership on policy development and legislative strategy on most major domestic issues, including health care, labor, education, government reform, budget and tax policy, and Senate floor procedure.
From 1991 through 1994, she served as senior policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee and, in that capacity, served as a congressional representative on the White House Health Care Reform Task Force. From 1986 to 1990, she conducted advocacy before Congress and federal agencies on consumer protection issues related to telecommunications and utility regulation for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.
Chambers received a BA in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.