|Born||Kahlil Julian Byrd|
|Residence||New York, New York|
|Alma mater||Morehouse College, B.A.
Harvard Kennedy School, MPA
|Spouse(s)||Sarah Haacke (2011–present)|
Kahlil Byrd is the founder and CEO of Forward Progress in Politics (FPPCO). He formerly served as president of StudentsFirst, a political advocacy group focused on education reform. He served less than a year in that role, leaving in July 2013. Prior to that he served as CEO of Americans Elect. During the 2012 presidential election cycle, Americans Elect was a national organization that unsuccessfully sought to nominate and elect a third-party candidate for president by attempting to put a bipartisan presidential ticket on the ballot in all 50 states.
Early life and Education
He began his political career as spokesman and communications director for Deval Patrick’s 2006 campaign for governor. He left the campaign in April of 2006 to "return to business interests." In 2007, Byrd joined the Patrick administration as Director of Gubernatorial Appointments. 
Byrd is the founder and CEO of Forward Progress in Politics (FPPCO).
From 2009 through the 2012 election cycle, Byrd was chief executive of Americans Elect, a national organization that aimed to reshape the U.S. presidential primary system and place a bipartisan presidential ticket on all 50 state ballots. During his tenure, the organization raised over $40 million and established a fully functioning start-up with over 150 paid staff, 4,000 contractors and 3,000 volunteers nationwide. Over two years, Americans Elect had 3.5 million unique visitors to its website and acquired more than 450,000 members. No candidate emerged for president and the organization made the decision in the spring of 2012 to suspend the online convention. AmericansElect.org was the winner of the 2012 People’s Choice Award at South by Southwest, the Campaigns & Elections 2012 CampaignTech Innovator Award, and two 2012 CLIO Awards for content and interactive excellence.
Byrd served as the first president of StudentsFirst, the grassroots education reform advocacy organization founded by Michelle Rhee. StudentsFirst is currently a multi-million dollar effort to change the nation’s legislative and policy education landscape and drive a national movement of teachers, parents, and students dedicated to reform. He was hired in 2012 to manage the organization’s long-term strategy, operations budget and growth. In announcing his departure, Rhee credited him with helping the organization, saying “Kahlil has successfully seen StudentsFirst through a critical growth phase,” said Rhee. “He leaves the organization stronger and more prepared to challenge the status quo on behalf of kids.” 
Byrd writes about political entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. His has blogged a few times on HuffingtonPost.com. 
- Harvard Kennedy School - Poll Vault
- Kahlil Byrd - Council on Foreign Relations
- "Republican Ideals". http://www.hks.harvard.edu. Harvard University. Retrieved 19 April 2015.
- How Americans Elect's Kahlil Byrd is Starting a Third-Party Movement - New York Magazine
- Our Centrist Savior Misses His/Her Deadline | New Republic
- Americans Elect Wins SXSW People's Choice Award | PCWorld
- Campaigns & Elections Magazine Announces "CampaignTech Innovators" | TechPresident
- LBi wins two CLIO Awards for Americans Elect campaign
- Former Americans Elect chief may head Rhee's StudentsFirst - POLITICO.com
- StudentsFirst (2013-01-04). http://www.studentsfirst.org/press/entry/studentsfirst-announces-new-hires
- Byron Tau, "President of Michelle Rhee's Group leaves." POLITICO, 2013-07-12. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/president-of-michelle-rhees-group-leaves-94103.html Retrieved 2013-08-31
- NBC4 in D.C. Highlights Choosing to Participate Initiative - YouTube
|CEO of Americans Elect