Dear Fellow DNC Member,
I wanted you to be the first to know that after six years of dedicated service to our party as the National Finance Chair of the DNC, Henry Munoz will be stepping down on Monday. Under his leadership, we have revitalized our party, rebuilt Democratic infrastructure, and made historic gains in the 2018 midterm elections. In no small measure because of his work, we are on the pathway to taking back the White House in 2020.
Henry's service to our party has been lifelong. While we are sad to see him step down from the position of Finance Chair, we are thrilled his dedication to the Democratic Party will continue. I have asked Henry to continue serving as an At-Large DNC Member, as a Finance Chair Emeritus to spearhead the DNC's FuturoFund Latinx fundraising efforts, and to continue advising me on myriad issues as he has over the past two years. Our party and our country owe Henry Munoz a profound debt of gratitude.
Please find a note from Henry written below.
Democratic National Committee
I am writing to tell you personally that after six and a half years as your National Finance Chairman, I am transitioning to the role of Chairman Emeritus. After the success of the midterm elections, Chairman Perez and I began to talk about exciting new designs for our finance infrastructure, new thinking that can be very innovative and continue our successful drive to sustainability, and to winning elections at every level of government. This is an evolution in the way that we bring together the resources necessary to continue to strengthen our New DNC. This will require all of us to work even harder, to reach out and recruit new people; and employ new ideas to take back our country. It will require a great expansion of donors and raisers in service of the Democratic National Committee. To foster this vision, I offered my resignation as it was never my intent to stay two full terms. Instead of accepting my retirement, Tom has asked me to stay in a position that allows me to continue to provide counsel, historic perspective and to reprioritize my passion for organizing the Latino community.
My father taught me that “the movement of a people begins with the steps of just one person” and at this crucial time in the history of our party and our country, I believe that it is important for me to know when to take the right next step. This is my time. I deeply appreciate your encouragement, your support and yes, your contributions. But mostly, I thank you for your friendship over all of these years. When I took this job, it was described as an honor. No one could have predicted how much it would turn into hard work and activism in the face of real threats to our values.
You honored me by returning me to office unanimously and without opposition, I will never forget your belief in me and our DNC Finance Team. Together, we retired debt; set fundraising records in unexpected ways at unexpected times; democratized and innovated grassroots and major dollar fundraising; reinvigorated and expanded investments in our state parties; gave voice to the capabilities of minorities to be significant fundraisers; and implemented programs that will continue to provide the resources to build the New DNC, cycle after cycle. This has been our shared success and it has not been easy. Thanks to each of you for your role in this work and in particular, to my fellow officers, who have come together as an extraordinary table of thought leaders, governing one of the most complex, dynamic and important institutions in the United States.
I guarantee you that as I take my next steps, I am going to use every lesson that I have learned: all of the experience this position has given me; and all of the relationships that we have built together, across this country, to return a Democrat to the White House in 2020. I look forward to seeing each of you along this road.
With Great Respect and Affection,