President Barack Obama will speak to a Wednesday night dinner for donors and grass-roots supporters at the âfoundersâ summit âof Organizing for Action, the nonprofit successor organization to his campaign, officials said.
The summit, to be held Wednesday and Thursday at a Washington hotel, is aimed at keeping supporters motivated ahead of tough congressional fights on gun legislation and immigration reform and to take their temperature about the future of the organization.
Speakers will include David Plouffe, former White House senior adviser, and manager of Obamaâs 2008 campaign; Jim Messina, manager of the 2012 campaign and OFAâs national chairman; Jon Carson, OFAâs executive director; Dan Wagner, the campaignâs chief analytics officer; Lisa Jackson, Obamaâs former EPA administrator; Sara El-Amine, OFAâs national organizing director; Lindsay Siler, OFAâs issues director; and others.
Advisers said topics will include the sequence of issues the president will pursue, the greater challenge of recruiting volunteers compared to a campaign and tactics that have been successful in mobilizing supporters since the election.
âThe summit is a series of meetings with volunteers, neighborhood team leaders, former campaign staff and donors who will shape the direction of Organizing for Action,â an OFA official said.
âThe summit will help to chart out the issue campaigns that OFA will be engaging in throughout 2013, how our structure as an organization will look, and provide a forum to brainstorm new ideas about how we can maximize grass-roots organizing. The summit will involve both large events where all attendees will participate and breakout sessions to think through the strategy for each issue campaign.â
Portions of the summit will be open to reporters each day. Some sessions will be closed because they âare meant to be discussion-inducing, to brainstorm new ideas and have smaller group conversations about policies and issues,â the official said.
Each session will have about 100 attendees, and that number may grow on Thursday. The event begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday and continues into Thursday afternoon.
Attendees include a longtime Obama volunteer leader from Texas who last month organized a news conference at the Dallas office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) for OFAâs gun-violence prevention day of action. Speakers include the parents of a local teenage girl killed by gun violence.