Andrei Cherny

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Andrei Cherny
Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party
In office
January 22, 2011 – January 30, 2012
Preceded byDon Bivens
Succeeded byBill Roe
Personal details
Andrei Hugo Cherny

(1975-08-04) August 4, 1975 (age 47)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseStephanie Fleischman
EducationHarvard University (AB)
University of California, Berkeley (JD)

Andrei Hugo Cherny (born August 4, 1975) is an American lawyer, author, former government official, and the founder and President of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. Cherny served as the CEO of Aspiration, Inc., a financial firm based in Marina del Rey, California, from 2013 to October 2022.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Cherny was born in Los Angeles, on August 4, 1975. His parents, Helena and Pavel, were Czechoslovak Jewish immigrants who initially spoke little English.[2][3][4]

After graduating from North Hollywood High School, Cherny graduated with honors from Harvard College. He later received his Juris Doctor from the UC Berkeley School of Law with support from The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.


As a writer for The Harvard Crimson, he wrote political pieces highlighting Clinton's reelection campaign.[5] The White House communications director noticed his column and circulated it until it finally reached President Clinton's desk. Clinton used several of Cherny's lines in his 1997 inaugural address and hired the twenty-one-year-old Cherny ten days later.[6] Cherny was the youngest White House speechwriter in American history. President Clinton has called him a “critical part of the team” which brought about the economic successes of the 1990s.[7]

Cherny then went on to be an advisor to other elected officials and business leaders. He has provided policy and strategic advice to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and the top executives of companies such as Microsoft and Intel.[8]

Cherny is the co-founder and President of Democracy, a public policy journal.[8]

He was the chief drafter and lead negotiator of the 2000 Democratic Party platform when Al Gore was the nominee for president.[9]

Cherny was the Director of Speechwriting and Special Advisor on Policy for the John Kerry 2004 presidential campaign. He was credited with the new strategy that revised Kerry's faltering primary candidacy and helped win him the Democratic nomination.[10]

Cherny was a visiting fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in 2004.[11] In 2011, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.[12]

From 2006 to 2009, Cherny served as a criminal prosecutor and Arizona Assistant Attorney General.[13][14]

Cherny co-founded Aspiration, Inc., an online financial company, with Joseph Sanberg in 2013.[15] Aspiration enables customers to choose their own fee levels on checking and investment accounts, and offers managed funds that are 100% fossil-fuel free.[16]

He is also the author of The Next Deal: The Future of Public Life in the Information Age,[17] and The Candy Bombers: The Untold Story of the Berlin Airlift and America's Finest Hour.[18]

Political campaigns[edit]

At the age of 26, while a law student, Cherny ran for the California State Assembly, losing to Lloyd E. Levine.[19]

In 2010, Cherny was the Democratic Party nominee for State Treasurer of Arizona. He lost the election to Republican Doug Ducey, receiving 41% of the vote in a four-way race.

Cherny served as Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party from January 22, 2011[20] through January 30, 2012.[5]

In 2012, Cherny lost the Democratic primary for Arizona's 9th congressional district.[21][22]


  1. ^ "Aspiration Announces Olivia Albrecht as CEO". businesswire. 2022-10-13. Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  2. ^ "Fleischman-Cherny". Jewish Exponent.
  3. ^ "Heated primary race - Jewish News of Greater Phoenix". Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Why Arizona Democrat Andrei Cherny, 'Clinton's Truest Heir,' Has Made Israel the Focus of His Congressional Race". Tablet Magazine.
  5. ^ a b "Arizona Democratic Party leader Andrei Cherny announces resignation".
  6. ^ "Alum Makes Bid for Ariz. Congress Seat".
  7. ^ "Bill Clinton: Why I support Andrei Cherny". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-14.
  8. ^ a b "Andrei Cherny". Huffington Post.
  9. ^ "PUBLIC LIVES - At 24, a Political Veteran, Vacuum Cleaner to Platform -". The New York Times. 3 July 2000.
  10. ^ "THE 2004 CAMPAIGN - THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR - With Cry of 'Bring It On,' Kerry Shifted Tack to Regain Footing -". The New York Times. 1 February 2004.
  11. ^ "Andrei Cherny". Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
  12. ^ "RELEASE: Andrei Cherny Joins CAP as Senior Fellow". name.
  13. ^ "Goddard Throws 'Full Support' Behind Cherny". Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  14. ^ "Andrei Cherny". East Valley Tribune.
  15. ^ Henry, Zoë (2017-06-15). "This Founder Grew Up on Food Stamps. Now He Runs a Digital Money Manager for the Middle Class". Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  16. ^ "Aspiration - Do Well. Do Good". Aspiration. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  17. ^ Cherny, Andrei (7 January 2008). The Next Deal. ISBN 9780465012251.
  18. ^ "The Candy Bombers by Andrei Cherny". Archived from the original on 2014-12-11.
  20. ^ New Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny - Phoenix New Times 2011-1-27
  21. ^ González, Daniel (Aug 28, 2012). "Sinema, Parker win in Congressional District 9". Arizona Republic.
  22. ^ "Arizona election results - Phoenix elections results". Retrieved June 5, 2013.

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Party political offices
Preceded by Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Bill Roe