Common Defense Renews Commitment to Justice with Promotion of Staffer


The new role will support foreign policy, racial justice, and organizing efforts ahead of 2022 midterms 

WASHINGTON — The nation’s largest grassroots organization of progressive veterans is growing and making big changes. On Monday, Common Defense announced the promotion of one of its senior staff members. 

Kyle Bibby, the longtime National Campaigns Manager for the organization, is taking on a new role as the Deputy Political Director for Government Affairs. Bibby is a proven leader dedicated to ending wars and advancing racial justice and this promotion reflects his seniority within the organization where he has served for nearly four years. In this new role, he will lead Common Defense’s efforts particularly in the areas of foreign policy and racial justice, as well as supporting the organization’s Climate Justice initiative, and ongoing organizing efforts. With only four months until the midterm elections, the timing of this move coincides with the urgency of the moment and confidence in Bibby’s ability to meet it. 

He is a former Marine Corps infantry captain and veteran of the War in Afghanistan. Bibby is also a Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project. 

Immediately prior to joining Common Defense, Bibby served as a Director at the New Jersey Reentry Corporation, a non-profit agency with a social mission to remove all barriers to employment for citizens returning from incarceration. 

Previously, Bibby was a Presidential Management Fellow assigned to the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President during the Obama Administration. In November of 2016 he transferred to the Office of Congressional Affairs for the U.S. Agency for Global Media. He finished his fellowship as a legislative liaison to Congress. 

Bibby has earned a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and is a 2007 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He is also one of the co-founders of the Black Veterans Project. 

“Kyle has proven himself to be a decisive yet thoughtful  leader,” said Common Defense Political Director Naveed Shah. “His expertise in social and economic justice make him an asset as a strategist for the organization. This new position will allow him to lead from the front, just as he did as a leader of Marines in Afghanistan.” 

“As Common Defense commits to our most ambitious campaigns ever, to save our democracy and the world’s climate, our movement needs to invest in leaders like Kyle who are truly dedicated to liberty and justice for all.” 


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