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Campaign Organization for the 2020 Nevada Caucuses

(page revised May 6, 2019)

The list below shows the state leadership for each of the campaigns/exploratory committees organizing in Nevada. Click on the links in the chart at top for more campaign staff and supporters.  If you see anyone missing please email or call.   



Former Vice President Joe Biden - Biden for President

State Director  Hilary Barrett

(announced May 6, 2019)  Campaign manager on Joe Kopser for Congress in TX-21, June-Nov. 2018.  Director of operations and scheduling on John Chiang for Governor (CA), Mar.-June 2018.  Director of scheduling for U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez-Masto (NV), Nov. 2016-Mar. 2018.  A deputy political director (focused on coordinated table; also principal trip lead) in Nevada on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Operations and training (Feb.-May 2016) and deputy training director-presidential caucus (Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016) for the Nevada State Democratic Party.  Bachelor's degree in political science and international studies from University of Utah, 2015.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker - Booker 2020

Deputy National Press Secretary for Spanish Language Media and Nevada Communications Director  Vanessa Valdivia

(announced Mar. 11, 2019)  Press secretary to U.S. Sen. Martin Heimrich (NM) from Feb. 2017 and communications director on his 2018 re-election campaign, July-Nov. 2018.  Colorado Latino vote director on Hillary for America, July-Nov. 2018; regional organizing director with the Colorado Democratic Party, April-July 2016.  Associate at Gonring, Spahn Associates, April 2012-July 2015.  M.A. in communications from University of Southern California, 2012; bachelors degree in global and international studies and communication from UC Santa Barbara, 2010.  twitter

Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro - Julián for the Future

Nevada Organizing Director  Kristian Carranza

(Mar. 2019, announced April 15, 2019)  Digital consultant at Do Big Things in Houston, Feb.-Mar. 2019.  Field director on Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Regional coordinator on Battleground Texas, Feb.-Dec. 2017.  Regional field director on Hillary for America, Feb.-Nov. 2016.  Affordable Care Act organizer with Brass Tactics, Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Digital coordinator on Battleground Texas, June-Dec. 2015.  Digital fellow with Organizing for Action, June-Aug. 2015.  Campus organizer for Wendy Davis for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2014. Studied at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.  twitter

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

State Director  Ernesto Aprenza

(reported by The Nevada Independent on Mar. 29, 2019)  Colorado deputy communications director/regional press secretary on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016.  PR specialist for Amazon in Seattle, WA, May 2015-June 2016.  Consultant to La Gloria Market, Inc., Dec. 2014-May 2015.  Latino organizing, regional field director and deputy press secretary on Battleground Texas, May-Nov 2014.  State outreach director for Students First in Columbus, OH, Jan. 2013-May 2014.  East Las Vegas field organizer and spokesperson on Obama for America, Feb.-Nov. 2012.  Internships in the White House Office of Public Engagement and with Sen. Patty Murray (WA).  B.A. in international affairs from The George Washington University, 2011.  twitter

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

Matthew DeFalco

(Apr. 2019)  Strategic partner with Accretive Consulting and with Consili Inc. in Las Vegas from Feb. 2018.  Campaign staffer on many local races in 2018-19 (Michele Romero for Henderson City Council, Cedric Crear for Las Vegas City Council, and Olivia Diaz for Las Vegas City Council; Justin Jones for Clark County Commission, Jim Gibson for Clark County Commission, Zach Conine for Nevada Treasurer, Sheriff Joe Lombardo re-election, Cedric Crear’s special election for Las Vegas City Council, and Question 5).  Wildland firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management, June 2015-June 2018.  Primary candidate for Henderson City Council in 2017, losing by less than half of one percent.  Interned for Sen. Harry Reid in 2011.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2015.  Soldier in the U.S. Army, Apr. 2008-Apr. 2011.  Raised largely in Henderson, NV.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders - Bernie 2020

State Director  Sarah Michelsen

(reported by The Nevada Independent on Mar. 27, 2019)  Executive director of Arizona Wins (America Votes) since Sept. 2013.  Political and organizing consultant in Phoenix, Aug. 2012-Sept. 2013.  Arizona state fellow for the Center for Progressive Leadership, Jan.-Sept. 2012.  M.P.P. from Arizona State University, 2016; B.A. in women's and gender studies from American University, 2009.  twitter

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

State Director  Suzy Smith

(Feb. 2019, reported by Politico on Mar. 3, 2019)  Executive director of Let America Vote from July 2018.  Freelance digital strategist from 2011.  Digital director on Jason Kander for U.S. Senate (MO), Feb.-Nov. 2016.   Digital director on Sylvester Turner for Mayor (Houston), April-Dec. 2015.  Digital director for the Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Freelance brand director for Chalkfly, April-Oct. 2014.   Digital media strategist for Rational 360, May 2012-Aug. 2014.  Intern for Sen. Tom Carper (DE), Feb.-May 2012.  Director of online marketing and intern coordination for Hollywood Locations, Aug. 2010-Dec. 2011.  Assistant researcher at UCLA, Feb. 2009-Dec. 2010.  B.A. in political science from UCLA, 2009.  twitter

Marianne Williamson - Marianne Williamson for President

Nevada State Director  David Bagley

(Mar. 2019)  President at Bull City Works, LLC in Las Vegas from Dec. 2016; president of One Future, a 501(c)(3) from Jan. 2019.  Regional field director for CADC, LLC in Las Vegas, July-Nov. 2018.  Founding board member of High Point Peacemakers (NC), Sept. 2017-June 2018; senior advisor to High Point International Community Clinic, May 2017-June 2018.  Director of education at the Sylvan Learning Center in Raleigh-Durham, Aug. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Nutritionist at Dribble Delights in Glasgow, UK.  Business owner at MDDM Properties LLC, Nov. 2008-Feb. 2014.  English teacher in Georgia, (Europe) Aug.-Dec. 2012.  Air chemist for the City of Philadelphi, Sept. 2009-May 2011.  M.M.S. in clinical nutrition from University of Glasgow, 2015; B.A. in sociology and B.S. in biological sciences from Drexel University, 2013.

Nevada Democratic Party

Chairman  William McCurdy II

(elected March 2017, re-elected March 2019)  Assemblyman for Nevada's 6th District, elected Nov. 2016 unopposed;union organizer with SEIU Local 1107. Graduate of the College of Southern Nevada; president of the student body.  Obtained high school diploma at age 24.  Worked construction.  Dropped out of high school as a teenage father.  Born and raised in Las Vegas. twitter