Uber needs to do a better job of explaining the benefits of the ride-hailing service to Democratic politicians who run many of America's cities, said David Plouffe, chief advisor and board member at Uber.
Plouffe left politics last year after serving as a senior advisor to President Barack Obama and running Obama's successful 2008 White House campaign.
Many cities around the nation and the world have been resistant to Uber's coming in and disrupting their taxi cab models. Perhaps among the highest-profile critics has been New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who failed to push through City Hall a curb on Uber's growth. Instead he opted for a $2 million traffic study to look into whether for-hire vehicles are clogging city streets.
Still, Plouffe said, "A lot of Democrats get it."
"We're an urban company so we tend to ... deal with a lot of Democrats who are elected officials who have old regulations they're trying to square with this new technology," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Friday. He said Uber needs to meet with city officials to show them how the service is "revolutionizing how people get around their cities."