WASHINGTON—White House hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton is tapping Chicago ShoreBank vice chairman Bob Nash—who served under President Clinton—to be a deputy campaign manager.
Nash, 59, an Arkansas native, has ties to the Clintons stretching back decades and is a veteran of Bill Clinton’s 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns.
He served then Gov. Bill Clinton as an economic advisor before following him to the White House. The top Clinton campaign spots are now held by two Chicagoans—Clinton’s campaign manager is Patti Solis Doyle, a Pilsen native and sister of Ald. Danny Solis (25th).
Nash joined ShoreBank in 2001 after working for President Clinton through his two terms as the White House personnel director—where he placed more than 11,000 political appointees to jobs, boards and commissions.
“I am honored and thrilled that Bob is joining my campaign,” Hillary Clinton said in a statement. “Bob and I have worked together for 25 years. I look forward to working together again as we listen to the ideas, concerns, and hopes of all people across America.”
Nash will join the Clinton campaign next month. Clinton’s headquarters on K Street here will move to Ballston, a Washington suburb in Virginia, in a few weeks.
“Bob Nash’s contributions to forging new economic development opportunities that help build strong communities and reinvigorate peoples’ lives is a tremendous asset for any financial institution, campaign team, or administration,” said Ronald Grzywinski, cofounder and Chairman of the Chicago-based ShoreBank Corporation.
The Clintons, Nash and ShoreBank—known for its mission to bring investments and banking services to underserved communities--have a long, interconnected history.
While Nash was working for Gov. Clinton in Arkansas, ShoreBank in the late 1980s, helped establish the Southern Development Bancorporation in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
During that era, ShoreBank was asked by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation to organize an investment program for rural Arkansas. The Southern Development Bancorporation program was started in 1988, and Gov. Bill Clinton when he was running for president often touted the bank's programs as examples of how a financial institution can be a catalyst for redevelopment.
Hillary Clinton was a board member of the Southern Development Bancorporation and her work there paved the way for her interest in microenterprise policies while First Lady.
Using the ShoreBank model, President Clinton created the Community Development Financial Institution Fund in 1994.
At ShoreBank, Nash chaired the Board of Directors for the ShoreBank nonprofit affiliates in Chicago, Cleveland, and Detroit and handled a reorganization of the corporate marketing program in 2002, and served as corporate management liaison to the Human Resources Department. Grzywinski said Todd Brown, Vice Chairman of ShoreBank Corporation, will assist with Nash’s previous responsibilities during the transition.