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Bullock for President

(page updated June 10, 2019)

Headquarters: Helena, MT.
announced May 14, 2019.  |  @GovernorBullock

Candidate  Steve Bullock  timeline

Campaign Manager  Jenn Ridder

(reported on Mar. 7, 2019 by Politico as senior advisor to Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC)  Mountain West regional political director for the DCCC in the 2016 cycle.  Deputy campaign manager on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (CO)’s unsuccessful 2014 re-election bid.  Deputy political director on President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign in Colorado.  Climate reality associate at The Climate Reality Project.  Worked on Obama's 2008 campaign in Colorado.  Graduate of Middlebury College, 2010.  Colorado native.

Senior Advisor  Nick Baldick

(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill)  Founder and managing partner of Hilltop Public Solutions; clients have included Bill de Blasio for Mayor (New York City) Steve Bullock for Governor (MT) and Chris Koster for Attorney General (MO).  Ran the pro-Edwards 527 Alliance for a New America, 2008.  Campaign manager on Edwards for Presdent from Jan. 2003.  A principal at the Dewey Square Group (DSG) for five years.  New Hampshire primary state director for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign; directed and managed Gore's political action committee, Leadership ‘98.  Eastern political director in the White House Office of Political Affairs, 1997.  Director, Florida Democratic coordinated campaign, fall 1996; state director in New Hampshire, Wisconsin and New Jersey, 1996 primary campaign.  Campaign director of the 1994 Rhode Island coordinated campaign; northeast political director at the DNC, 1993.  Worked for 11 months on the 1992 Clinton campaign, starting as an unpaid field organizer.  J.D. from New York University School of Law, 1995; B.S. from Georgetown University.

Senior Political Advisor  Sharon Páez

(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill)  Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions from 2007; also founder of Potomac Waves.  International experience on the 2008 Bolivian presidential referendum, 2006 Nicaraguan presidential campaign, and 2000 Mexican presidential campaign.  Florida political director on Kerry-Edwards 2004; Southern political director on John Edwards for President 2004.  Worked on Gore-Lieberman in 2000.  B.A. in political science and interational affairs from Towson University.

Communications Director  Galia Slayen

(reported on Apr. 29, 2019 by Politico as communications director for Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC)  Communications director on JB Pritzker's 2018 campaign for governor of Illinois, Mar. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Deputy communications director on Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate (FL), Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Communications director on Andy Beshear for Attorney General (KY), Jan.-Nov. 2015.  Deputy press secretary on Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate (NC), Mar.-Nov. 2014.  Chief of staff to Dorothy McAuliffe on Terry McAuliffe's campaign for governor of Virginia, June-Nov. 2013.  Deputy communications director on Christie Vilsack for Congress (IA), June-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in government and Chinese from Hamilton College, 2013.  twitter

Communications Senior Advisor  James Owens

(reported on Apr. 29, 2019 by Politico as communications for Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC)  Communications director on Krysten Sinema's 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate in Arizona.  Head of states and campaign communications for NARAL Pro-Choice America.  Part of the communications team on U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (CO)'s unsuccessful 2014 re-election campaign, after serving as press secretary to Udall, 2013-14.  twitter

Pollsters  Michael Bocian and Margie Omero, GBAO Strategies

(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill

Informal Advisor  Jennifer Palmieri

(reported on May 13, 2019 by The Hill)  Communications director on Hillary for America.  Assistant to the President and Director of Communications at the White House, Dec. 2011-Mar. 2015.  President of the Center for American Progress Action Fund and a senior vice president for communications at CAP.   Ohio communications director on Kerry-Edwards '04.  National press secretary for the John Edwards campaign starting in Jan. 2003.  Press secretary at the DNC through the 2002 cycle.  Served eight years in Clinton Administration, as a White House Deputy Press Secretary from 1998 to 2001, as a Special Assistant to White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, and Deputy Director of Scheduling and Advance.  She started her career in the congressional office of then Rep. Leon Panetta (D-CA).  Graduate of the American University in Washington, DC. Author of Dear Madam President (Mar. 2018).  twitter


U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (MT)  (announced June 9, 2019)

press release

State Director  Megan Simpson

(reported on Feb. 2, 2019 by Iowa Starting Line as Iowa organizing director to Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC)  Coordinated director for the Montana Democratic Party, Feb. 2018-Jan. 2019.  Community engagement director for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, June 2017-Feb. 2018.  Public policy for Airbnb in San Francisco, June 2015-June 2017.  Coordinated director for the Alaska Democratic Party, Jan.-Dec. 2014.  Studied at the University of Iowa.  twitter


Organizing Director  Nick Marroletti

(announced May 24, 2019)  Organizing director for Connecticut Democrats, Mar.-Nov. 2016.  Organizing lead on friends of Chris Murphy, Mar. 2017-Mar. 2018.  Regional organizing director in Wilmington for the North Carolina Democratic Coordinated Campaign, May-Nov. 2016.  Organizer in Wyoming, digital lead in Kansas (Feb.-Apr. 2016) and organizer in DeWitt, Iowa (Oct. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America.  B.A. in American studies and political narrative from New York University, 2015.  tiwitter

Regional Organizing Director  Maeton Jameson

(announced May 24, 2019)  Regional field director on Albert Black for Mayor (Dallas, TX), Feb.-May 2019.  Field organizer on Jared Polis for Colorado, Feb-Nov. 2018. B.A. in political science and government from University of Maryland College Park.  twitter

Regional Organizing Director  Tom Orabuena

(announced May 24, 2019)  Field organizer/intern coordinator for the Colorado Democratic Party; field organizer/intern coordinator on Polis for Colorado, Apr.-Sept. 2018.  Studied political science at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Political Coordinator  Jack Segal

(announced May 24, 2019)  Clerk for Iowa State Reps. Chris Hall and Kirsten Running-Marquardt from Jan. 2019.  Director of voter uutreach for Tim Gannon’s campaign for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, May-Nov. 2018.  B.A. in government and economics from Claremont McKenna College.  twitter

Political Coordinator  Alexandra Cleverley

(announced May 24, 2019)  Clerk for Iowa State Rep. Scott Ourth.  Field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party, Aug-Nov. 2018.  A.S. in equestrian/equine studies from Kirkwood Community College.  twitter


Press Secretary  Jeremy Busch

(reported on Apr. 29, 2019 by Politico as Iowa press secretary for Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC)  Press secretary for lt. gov. nominee Rita Hart on Fred Hubbell for Governor (IA), Sept. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Press assistant on Russ for Wisconsin, Feb.-Nov. 2016.  B.A. in communication from Truman State University, 2015.  twitter


Attorney General Tom Miller (announced May 15, 2019)

See also:
Reid Wilson.  "Bullock hires senior staffers ahead of likely presidential run."  The Hill, May 13, 2019.
Daniel Strauss and Elena Schneider.  "Montana Gov. Bullock hires top adviser with eye on 2020."  Politico, Mar. 8, 2019.
Pat Rynard.  "Steve Bullock Places Staff in Iowa to Lay 2020 Groundwork."  Iowa Starting Line, Feb. 2, 2019.

McKenna helped start up and lead Bullock's Big Sky Values PAC in 2017-18 (PAC founded July 18, 2017):
PAC Consultant/Spokesman  Matt McKenna

Co-founder (Feb. 2016) and principal at Greenbrier, a PR consulting firm in the SF Bay area.  Head of communications, North America for Uber, May 2015-Jan. 2016.  Spokesman in the Office of President Bill Clinton, 2007-15.  Communications director to Sen. Jon Tester (MT) in 2007 after serving as communications director on Tester's 2006 campaign.  Communications director at the Montana Democratic Party, 2005-06.  Communications director on Tony Knowles for U.S. Senate, 2003-4.  Deputy communications director at the DSCC, 2003.  Research director to Sen. Max Cleland (GA), 2002-03.  Aide to Jon Tester, 2001.  Research director on Brian Schweitzer for U.S. Senate, 1999-2000.  B.S. in political science from Montana State University-Bozeman, 1999.