Emily Aden joined Putnam Partners as a Vice President in January 2018 with over a decade of political experience specializing in communications and research. Her background includes leadership roles on presidential campaigns, party committees, super PACs, and one of the closest gubernatorial victories in Virginia’s history.
Emily served most recently as the Rapid Response Director at American Bridge 21st Century, where she led daily messaging efforts across press and digital platforms to hold President Trump and his administration accountable.
In 2016, she proudly served as the Deputy Research Director at Hillary for America. At the campaign's Brooklyn headquarters, she helped build a team of 26 responsible for approving all content promoting or defending Hillary Clinton’s 40-year record of public service, including in advertising, daily press, digital products, and candidate speeches.
Emily also served as the Research Director on Terry McAuliffe’s winning gubernatorial campaign in Virginia, which overturned a 40-year electoral precedent. In addition to helping lead the campaign’s communications team, she personally recruited individuals from the most conservative part of the state to speak against McAuliffe’s Republican opponent in three powerful ads. The ads were part of a strategy The Washington Post called “unrelenting” in forcing the Republican to compete in safe territory, noting that “across the coal fields of far-southwest Virginia, something unusual is also happening: voters don't like the Republican candidate."
Additionally, for two election cycles, Emily worked on the most competitive congressional races in the country in senior roles on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)’s 2012 independent expenditure and at House Majority PAC in 2014. In those positions, she was a key player responsible for flipping 23 congressional seats to Democrats and protecting 31 vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Her earlier political experience includes the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) and Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign.
Born and raised in West Orange, New Jersey, Emily holds a B.A. in Political Communication and a Master’s degree in Political Management both from the George Washington University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband Michael.