Join Chair Gus Bickford and Massachusetts Democrats for the 22nd Annual Roosevelt Awards Virtual Reception on June 2, 2021.
Every year, the Massachusetts Democratic Party honors two Democratic leaders with the Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt Awards. The annual ceremony will take place virtually this year as we celebrate our successes in 2020 and rededicate ourselves to the work that lies ahead in 2021, 2022, and beyond.
The 2021 Roosevelt Award Recipeints:
Tracey Lewis and Steve Grossman
Meet Tracey Lewis
Tracey Lewis is currently the managing director and owner of TL Strategies, LLC, a woman and black owned grassroots consulting firm. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Tracey returned to Georgia to lead her third statewide election as State Director for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and its historic Georgia victory – the first time in nearly 30 years a Democratic presidential candidate has won the state. She went on to two more historic 2020 wins, as the senior advisor providing strategic advice for the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Coordinated Campaign for the winning runoff elections of Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock that gave Democrats the U.S. Senate majority.
In 2018, Tracey led on-the-ground Get Out The Vote efforts in Alabama that helped Doug Jones win a historic election to the U.S. Senate. She was the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. She started 2020 as a senior advisor to Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign, after having served as Deputy Campaign Manager during her historic, first U.S. Senate campaign in 2012 when Warren was the only Democrat to defeat a Republican incumbent. Tracey also worked for Senator Warren in the United States Senate.
Tracey has been and remains a longtime advisor to U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and has worked for John Kerry, and Hillary Clinton. She has experience working on campaigns at all levels including five national presidential races and has campaigned in seventeen states from New Hampshire to Mississippi. Tracey has also coordinated civic engagement programs, organized issue advocacy campaigns and managed special events for nonprofits including the NAACP Boston and City Year, a national service organization.
Tracey started organizing as a volunteer in Boston, Massachusetts campaigning for Congressman Joe Kennedy II and would eventually become the first African American to manage a coordinated campaign in Massachusetts.
Meet Steve Grossman
As CEO of ICIC, Steve leads a dynamic and growing team of professionals dedicated to achieving inclusive economic prosperity in America’s under-resourced communities. ICIC’s vision includes ending concentrated poverty and closing this country’s racial wealth gap. Steve is focused on setting ICIC’s strategic direction, leading the organization through a period of rapid growth and extending ICIC’s national visibility and brand. He directs ICIC’s efforts to secure new partners and drive private sector engagement and investment.
Prior to joining ICIC, Steve was elected Treasurer of Massachusetts in 2010 and served in that position from 2011 until 2015. One of his principal achievements was the creation of the Small Business Banking Partnership, a pioneering initiative that was responsible for moving almost $400 million of state deposits into community banks that used these funds to make more than 10,000 loans with a value of over $1.6 billion, with a principal focus on businesses owned by women, minorities, immigrants and veterans.
Prior to taking office, Steve served for 35 years as President of Grossman Marketing Group, a fourth-generation marketing communications firm started by his grandfather and now run by his sons David and Ben. Steve has been an active leader in many civic, philanthropic and political organizations. These positions include former national chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), former board chair of Brandeis University, founding board member of MassInc and life trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Steve’s political resume runs wide and deep, both as a candidate and valued political activist. Twice a candidate for Governor, Steve served as Chair of the Democratic State Committee from 1991 through 1992. Steve works tirelessly to advance the Democratic values we all share. It is fitting that he receive the Roosevelt award, as Steve quoted FDR’s wise words when he assumed the Chairmanship of the State Party in 1991, stating that “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who already have much; it is whether we do enough for those who have too little.” Steve Grossman has lived those words throughout his career and we honor him today for his lifelong work on behalf of the Democratic Party.
Steve graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is married to Dr. Barbara Wallace Grossman, a theater historian and director, who is a professor in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University and served for 12 years as vice-chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Steve and Barbara have three sons, David, Ben and Josh, and six grandchildren.
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