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Campaign Organization for the 2020 Iowa Caucuses

(page revised June 8, 2019)


The list below shows the state leadership for each of the major campaigns organizing in Iowa. Click on the links in the chart at top for more campaign staff and supporters.  If you see anyone missing please email or call.    
See Also: Des Moines Register: 2020 Iowa Caucuses 50 Most Wanted Democrats

    
Bennet
Biden
Booker
Bullock
Buttigieg
Castro
Delaney
Gillibrand Harris Hickenlooper
Inslee
Klobuchar O'Rourke Ryan
Sanders Swalwell
Warren Williamson Yang



DEMOCRATS


U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet - Bennet for America


State Director  Brian S. Peters

(reported by DMR's Austin Cannon on June 6, 2019)  Campaign manager on Liz Watson's 2018 run for Congress in IN-9 from Nov. 2017. Strategist with BerlinRosen, Aug.-Dec. 2016.  Campaign director with The Baughman Company, Mar. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Executive director of the Arkansas Democratic Senate Caucus, Apr-Dec. 2014.  Fundraising director on Maxey Scherr for U.S. Senate (TX), Jan.-Mar. 2014.  Campaign manager on Jeremy McPike for House of Delegates (VA), June-Nov. 2013.  Fundraising director on Tamika Humphreys for City Council (Harlem, NY), Feb.-Apr. 2013.  Campaign manager on Pat Lang for Congress in OH-15, Apr.-Nov. 2012.  Bachelor of specialized studies, political communication from Ohio University, 2012.  twitter



Former Vice President Joe Biden - Biden for President


State Director  Jake Braun

(reported by DMR's Brianne Pfannenstiel on May 17, 2019)  CEO at Cambridge Global from 2013; faculty/lecturer at University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy.  White House liaison to the Department of Homeland Security, Jan. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Deputy national field director on Obama's 2008 campaign; earlier did some consulting for Chris Dodd's presidential campaign.  Field director on the Michigan Coordinated Campaign in Fall 2004; headed up John Kerry's Dubuque office during the 2003-04 Iowa caucus campaign.  Worked on local campaigns in Dubuque in 2002. Master's degree in international relations and affairs from Troy University; master's degree in education from National Louis University; bachelor's degree in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago.  From Omaha.



U.S. Sen. Cory Booker - Cory 2020


State Director  Michael Frosolone

(announced Feb. 4, 2019; reported by CNN on Feb. 1)  Caucus director for Iowa House Democrats from June 2015.  Field director on Appel for Iowa, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Organizer for Michigan House Democrats, Jun. 2011-May 2012.  Iowa House Democrats campaign manager for Dan Muhlbauer, April-Nov. 2010.  Organizer for SEIU in Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 2008-Feb. 2010.  B.A. in communications, political science from Western Michigan University, 2008.  twitter



Gov. Steve Bullock - Bullock for President

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



Mayor Pete Buttigieg - Pete for America


State Director  Brendan McPhillips

(reported May 6, 2019)  Campaign manager on Andrew Gillum for Governor (FL), Nov. 28, 2017-Aug. 2018.  Senior advisor on Joe Khan for District Attorney (Philadelphia), Jan.-May 2017.  Political director on Pete for DNC, Feb. 2017.  Pennsylvania political director on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Campaign manager on John Fetterman's 2016 primary campaign for U.S. Senate, Oct. 2015-April 2016.  Campaign manager on Helen Gym’s successful campaign for Philadelphia City Council, Feb.-Nov. 2015.  Campaign manager on Kevin Strouse’s 2014 congressional race in PA-8 in Bucks County, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Pennsylvania organizing director for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, March 2013-Jan. 2014.  Regional field director in Bucks County on the Obama campaign, March-Nov. 2012.  Regional field director/assistant community manager for Draftfcb, March-Oct. 2011.  Special projects director on Hoosiers for Hill, June-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science, peace studies from University of Notre Dame, 2010; transferred from San Jacinto College.  twitter



Former HUD Secretary and Mayor Julián Castro - Julián for the Future


State Director  Cynthia Sebian-Lander

(announced Feb. 23, 2019)  Campaign manager on DeJear for Iowa (Secretary of State), Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Sara Dady for Congress (IL), Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Campaign manager on Tilly for Delegate (VA), Feb.-June 2017.  GOTV director in Iowa on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Project specialist at the League of Women Voters, Jan. 2015-July 2016.  Voter education director on Alaska Victory '14, July-Nov. 2014.  Field director on Mark Levine for Congress (VA), Feb.-June 2014.  ACA deputy canvass manager for Planned Parenthood, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Northern Virginia director for Every Child Matters, April-Nov. 2013.  Project organizer for Virginia Organizing, Nov. 2012-March 2013.  Field organizer in Fairfax, VA on Obama for America, April-Nov. 2012.  Wind energy field organizer for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Feb.-April 2012.  Organizer for AFSCME, Nov. 2010-Nov. 2011.  Field organizer for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2010.  M.S. in environmental advocacy and organizing from Antioch University New England, 2010; B.A. in environmental studies from Washington College, 2007.  twitter




Former U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney - Friends of John Delaney


State Director  Monica Biddix

(announced as state director Jan. 7, 2019; announced as Iowa communications director June 22, 2018)  Campaign manager on McGuire for Governor, July 2017-June 2018.  Communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, April 2016-April 2017.  Communications director at Progress Iowa, Dec. 2015-April 2016.  Campaign director for Iowa Pays the Price Caucus Campaign, July-Nov. 2015.  Legislative assistant to state Sen. Chris Brase (IA), Jan.-May 2015.  Campaign manager on Laura Hubka for Iowa House/Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager at Indigo Strategies, Champaign, IL, Aug. 2013-Mar. 2014.  Volunteer coordinator for Vote Yes Linn County, Jan.-Mar. 2013.  Campaign director on Mary Jo Wilhelm for Iowa State Senate/Iowa Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2012. Campaign manager on Farrow for Mayor (SC), April-Nov. 2011.  Field organizer on Sangisetty for Congress (LA), Aug.-Nov. 2010.  Call time manager/finance director on Dwight Drake for Governor (SC), Aug. 2009-Jan. 2010.  Passport support associate in Charleston, June 2007-Oct. 2008.  M.A. in history from College of Charleston, 2005; B.A. in political science/history from UNC Chapel Hill.  twitter



U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand - Gillibrand 2020

State Director  Lara Henderson

(announced Jan. 28, 2019)  Finance director on Fred Hubbell's 2018 campaign for governor from May 2017.  Associate at Link Strategies, LLC to May 2017.  Iowa finance director on Patty Judge's campaign for U.S. Senate, Mar.-Nov. 2016.  Midwest corn lawsuit project manager at Link Strategies, LLC, Dec. 2014-Mar. 2016. Campaign manager on Brad Anderson's 2014 campaign for Secretary of State.  Field director (July-Nov. 2013) and political researcher (Feb.-July 2013) at Link Strategies, LLC.  Feld organizer (Aug.-Nov. 2012) and summer organizing fellow (June-Aug. 2012.in Cedar Rapids for Organizing for America.  B.A. in rhetoric and communication from Drake University, 2014.  From Cedar Rapids.  twitter



U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris - Kamala Harris for the People

State Director  Will Dubbs

(reported by CNN on Jan. 28, 2019)  Coordinated Campaign director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party Feb.-Nov. 2018.  Organizing director for the North Carolina Coordinated Campaign; May-Nov. 2016; organizing director on Hillary for America for the Nebraska caucus and New York primary campaigns, Feb.-May 2016; regional organizing director in Soux City for Hillary for America Iowa caucus campaign, April 2015-Feb. 2016.  Seacoast area regional field director for the NH Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2014.  Field organizer for Obama for America in Bradenton, FL, June-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in government from Wesleyan University, 2014.  twitter



Former Gov. John Hickenlooper - Hickenlooper 2020

State Director  Sam Roecker

(reported Feb. 7, 2019 as a consultant to Giddy Up PAC)  Partner at Path to Victory LLC in Des Moines from Jan. 2018.  Director at Link Strategies LLC, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2018; and director at LPCA Public Strategies, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2018.  Campaign manager on Patty Judge for Iowa, March-Nov. 2016.  Communications director on Christie Vilsack for Iowa, March-Nov. 2012.  Communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, June 2010-March 2012.  New media director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, April 2009-June 2010.  Executive producer for Clear Channel Radio/Air America Radio, Nov. 2007-Feb. 2009.  B.A. in journalism-strategic communications, political science from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010.  twitter



Gov. Jay Inslee - Inslee for America

State Director  Keith Presley

(reported by Des Moines Register on May 13, 2019)  Senior advisor for the Florida Democratic Party, Oct.-Nov. 2018.  Deputy campaign manager on Ben Cardin for Senate (MD), July-Oct. 2018.  Campaign manager on Madeleno for Governor (MD), Aug. 2017-July 2018.  Campaigns director (Dec. 2016-July 2017) and Coordinated Campaign director (July-Nov. 2016) for the Maryland Democratic Party.  Field director on Van Hollen for Senate (MD), May 2015-June 2016.  Deputy field director for Democratic Party of Arkansas, June-Dec. 2014.  Field director on Monica Vernon for Congress (IA), Jan.-June 2014.  GOTV director on Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate (NY), Sept.-Oct. 2013.  Regional field director on Quinn for New York, May-Sept. 2013.  Deputy regional field director and earlier field organizer for the Missouri Democratic Party, 2012.  B.S. in environmental science from University of Maryland, 2010.



U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar - Amy for America

State Director  Lauren Dillon

(Feb. 2019)  Deputy director at the DSCC in 2018.  Research director at the DNC for five years after serving as deputy research director; senior research associate, 2011-12; and starting at the DNC as a research associate in 2009.  Correspondence and judicial appointments coordinator in the Office of Gov. Culver and Lt. Gov. Judge, 2006-09.  English teacher at Hebei Normal University 2005-06.  B.A. degrees in politics and psychology from Drake University, 2005.  Originally from Brooklyn, Iowa.  twitter



Former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke - Beto for America


State Director  Norm Sterzenbach
(Mar. 2019)  Consultant to the IDP on the 2020 caucuses to early March 2019.  Sterzenbach has worked as principal at GPS Impact from Feb. 2013.  Executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party to Jan. 2013; started as political and caucus director for IDP for the 2008 Caucuses from Dec. 2006.  Deputy campaign manager on Chet Culver's run for governor, Nov. 2005-Dec. 2006.  Campaign manager on Bekki Cook for Lt. Governor, May-Nov. 2004.  Caucus director for the American Association of Retired People (AARP), 2004.  Field director on Jim Humphries for Congress, 2002.  Eastern Iowa field director on Bill Bradley’s campaign.  B.A. in political science from University of Iowa, 1998.  Cedar Rapids native. twitter



U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders - Bernie 2020

State Director  Misty Rebik

(announced Mar. 12, 2019)  Event and stewardship coordinator for One Iowa, Aug. 2018-Mar. 2019.  Campaign manager on Cathy Glasson for Governor, July 2017-June 2018.  Regional director of strategic partnerships and development for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Mar. 2016-July 2017.  Executive director of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, Aug. 2013-Feb. 2016.  Graduate research assistant at the University of Iowa Labor Center, Aug. 2012-June 2014.  Community organizer at Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Aug. 2010-Aug. 2012.  Iowa Immigration Education Coalition for AmeriCorps VISTA, June-Aug. 2010.  M.S. in city/urban, community and regional planning (2014) and B.A. (2009) in international/global studies, Spanish from University of Iowa.  twitter



U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell - Swalwell for America

State Director  Eddie Alvarez

Political director for New Energy PAC from Sept. 2018.  Political director for the Alameda County Building and Construction Trades Unions, Mar. 2017-Sept. 2018.  Campaign manager on McCarthy for Montana, Jan.-Mar. 2017.  Regional field director/deputy field director on Foster Campbell for U.S. Senate (LA), Nov.-Dec. 2016.  Senior staff on Ro Khanna for Congress (CA), 2016.  Middle school teacher in Los Angeles, 2014-16.  Senior advisor on John Lewis for Congress/Montana Democratic Party, 2014.  Campaign manager on Doug Otto for Long Beach (CA) Mayor, 2013-14.  JV baseball coach and substitue teacher in Santa Clarita, CA, 2006-14.  A regional field director for the California Democratic Party, 2012; field director on Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer for Assembly (CA), 2012.  B.A. in international relations, political science from Carroll College, 2010; also studied at Los Angeles Mission Community College.  Son of Mexican immigrants.  twitter



U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren - Warren for President

State Director  Janice Rottenberg

(reported on Warren's team by CNN on Jan. 2, 2019; reported as state director by DMR on Feb. 7, 2019)  Directed the Iowa Democratic Party's 2018 Coordinated Campaign.  Organizing director for Ohio Democrats' Coordinated Campaign (Ohio Together), April-Nov. 2016; started on the Clinton campaign in April 2015 as regional organizing director in Iowa City on the Iowa Caucus campaign, then served as Minnesota organizing director and Washington Caucus director.  Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign field director, March-Nov. 2014.  A regional field director on Terry McAuliffe for Governor (VA), Jan.-Nov. 2013.  Regional field director in Nashua for Organizing for America-NH, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Field organizer for Obama in the Cincinnati area, June-Nov. 2008; started on the campaign as a fellow.  B.A. in political science from University of Pennsylvania, 2011.  twitter  (+)



Marianne Williamson - Marianne Williamson for President


State Director  Brent Roske 

Independent candidate for Governor of Iowa, May-Dec. 2017.  Produced the Emmy-nominated TV series ‘Roske on Politics.’  Independent candidate for Congress in CA-33 in 2014, but dropped out and endorsed Marianne Williamson in May.  Wrote and directed the political drama 'Chasing the Hill' (2012) and the sequel 'Courting Des Moines' (2016).  A creative director at NBC Universal for 9 years.  twitter



Andrew Yang - Friends of Andrew Yang


State Coordinator  Jonathan Herzog

(Dec. 2018, based in Iowa City)  Indefinite leave from being a second year law student at Harvard Law School.  M.B.A. from Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University; A.B. from Harvard University, where he was the highest ranked undergraduate.  Grew up in New York but spent several formative years in Alaska (+).  twitter



No Known Staff/Supporters:

Mayor Bill de Blasio - de Blasio 2020

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard - Gabbard 2020

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton - Seth Moulton for America



Not In:

Sen. Sherrod Brown - America Works PAC
On Jan. 17, 2019 Buzzfeed New's Henry J. Gomez reported that Margaret Jarosz was serving as a senior trip advisor. 
Margaret Jarosz: Chief organizational officer on Fred Hubbell for Governor from June 2018.  Campaign manager on Pete for Iowa, Jan.-July 2018.  Field manager for 270 Strategies, Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Distributed organizing director on Tom Periello for Governor, Feb.-July 2017.  Field director in Manchester, NH for NextGen Climate, Aug. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Regional director for Dubuque on Bernie 2016, then to Nebraska, Wisconsin, and cocluded as deputy field director in So. Calif..  Northeast regional field director on Run Warren Run.  Field organizer on the Wendy Davis for Governor campaign in Texas, Sept.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Sara Geenen for Wisconsin State Assembly, March-Aug. 2014.  Volunteered with the campaign to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (March-June 2012) and with President Obama’s re-election campaign (Sept.-Nov. 2012).  Milwaukee native.  Attended Loyola University Chicago.  twitter
...Brown ruled out a run on Mar. 7, 2019.




Iowa Democratic Party

Chairman  Troy Price

(elected July 22, 2017; re-elected Dec. 16, 2018)  Senior advisor on Hillary Clinton 2016 general election campaign in Iowa after serving as political director on her Iowa caucus campaign from April 2015.  Political director on Obama's campaign in Iowa from Feb. 2012.  Executive director at One Iowa after starting there in June 2010 as political director.  Senior communication specialist and interim communications director to Gov. Chet Culver.  Communication assistant in the Vilsack/Pederson administration.  Worked at the Iowa Department of Public Health and Economic Development.  Staff of Gov. Tom Vilsack and Lt. Gov. Sally Pederson and worked on therir 2002 re-election campaign.  Degree in political science from University of Iowa.  From Durant (Cedar County in Eastern Iowa).  twitter
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