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Campaign Organization for the 2020 Iowa Caucuses

(page revised April 11, 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

Gillibrand Harris Hickenlooper Klobuchar
O'Rourke Sanders Swalwell
Warren Williamson Yang


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

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

Deputy National Campaign Manager  Derek Eadon

(announced Jan. 12, 2019)  Regional director-central for Run for Something from June 2018.  Public affairs and public relations strategist at Bluprint Strategies, Aug. 2013-Dec. 2017.  Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party, Jan.-July 2017.  Senior account executive at LS2group in Des Moines, Mar.-Aug. 2013.  General election director for Organizing for America-Iowa, Jan.-Dec. 2012;  State director of Obama for America, May 2-11-Jan. 2012.  Directed Iowa Democrats' 2010 Coordinated Campaign.  Iowa state director for Organizing for America in 2009.  In the 2007-08 cycle he was the first field organizer hired in Iowa for Obama's campaign, and continued on the campaign through Nov. 2008.  Field organizer for the Iowa Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in the Cedar Rapids area, June-Nov. 2006.  Studied political science at the University of Iowa.  Originally from Elmhurst, Ill.  twitter

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

Headquarters: 2415 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312

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

Iowa 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. 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 Chair  Deirdre DeJear

(reported by CNN on Jan. 28, 2019)  Democratic nominee for Iowa Secretary of State in 2018.  President and owner of Caleo Enterprises in Des Moines from 2009; consulting jobs include African American Leadership Forum-Des Moines (from Mar. 2013), Oakridge Neighborhood (from Feb. 2016) and United Way of Central Iowa (Feb. 2013-Oct. 2015).  African American Vote director in Iowa for Obama for America, July-Nov. 2012; started out as a field organizer, April-July 2012.  Assistant girls basketball coach for Des Moines Public Schools, April 2008-April 2012.  Marketing assistant at Bankers Trust, May 2006-Mar. 2011.  Degree in broadcast journalism and politics from Drake University, 2008.  twitter

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

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

Title?  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 Chair  Vikki Brown

(announced April 11, 2019)  Chairwoman of the Black Hawk County Democrats, elected in March 2017 to serve a two-year term.  Retired since 2006.  African-American outreach coordinator in eastern Iowa on Hillary Clinton's campaign in 2016.  A precinct captain in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 caucuses.  Worked on campaigns in Michigan in the 1970s.  Grew up in Birmingham, AL.

Note: A Feb. 18, 2019 report on WHO-TV stated, "Swalwell told an audience in Sioux City Saturday that he has eight staffers in Iowa and is putting together a team in South Carolina too."

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

Headquarters: Iowa City

Iowa 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 Pete Buttigieg - Pete for America Exploratory Committee

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard - Gabbard 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee - Inslee 2020

Have Not Announced if They Will Run:

Former Vice President Joe Biden

Gov. Steve Bullock - Big Sky Values PAC
On Feb. 2, 2019 Pat Rynard's Iowa Starting Line reported, "Megan Simpson, a native of Dubuque, is headed back to Iowa to begin laying the groundwork for a Bullock organization in the state. She will serve as the organizing director for Bullock’s Big Sky Values PAC."
Megan Simpson: Community engagement director for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque from June 2017.  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.

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