Friends of John Delaney

(page updated Dec. 14, 2018)

Headquarters: Bethesda, MD.
announced July 28, 2017
see also:  FEC  |  campaign press releases.

Co-Chair  Terry Lierman
(announced Sept. 18, 2017)  Treasurer on Martin O'Malley's 2015-16 presidential campaign.  Founder of Summit Global Ventures.  President of Energy One.  Chief of staff to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer May 2007-Dec. 2011.  Chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, elected Dec. 2004 and served to May 2007.  National finance co-chair of Dean for America.  Partner of Health Ventures, LLC, 2001-05.  Democratic nominee for Congress against U.S. Rep. Connie Morella in MD-8 in 2000.  Founder and president of Capitol Associates, Inc., 1984-2001.  Staff director of U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and of the Labor Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee.  Started at the National Institutes of Health.  Master's degree from University of Wisconsin; B.A. from Winona State University.  Native of Beloit, WI.

Senior Advisor  John Davis

(announced Sept. 20, 2017)  Founding partner of the Des Moines based bipartisan polling firm Red America Blue America (RABA) Research.  Des Moines office of New Partners.  Served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (IA).  Campaign experience includes U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell (IA).  Body man on John Edwards for President campaign in 2007.  Iowa native.

Deputy Political Director  Anthony (Tony) McComiskey

(Sept. 2017)  Legislative correspondent in the U.S. House, Jan.-Sept. 2017.  Field director on Delaney's 2016 re-election campaign, June 2016.  Canvass director on David Trone for Congress, Feb.-April 2016.  Ballot access organizer for Grassroots Solutions, Nov. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Canvass director at the Fund for the Public Interest, July 2014-Aug. 2015.  B.A. in political science and government from Gettysburg College, 2014.

Communications  Ahmed Elsayed

Communications director for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, Mar.-Sept. 2017.  Field organizer in the 5th CD for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, Feb. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Communications intern for NJOHSP, Sept. 2015-Jan. 2016.  B.A. in communication from Rutgers University-New Brunswick, 2015.

National Press Secretary  Michael Starr Hopkins

(announced Nov. 15, 2018)  Senior strategist at CateComm from June 2018.  Spokesman/communications director on Sean Shaw for Attorney General (FL), July-Nov. 2018.  Briefly a candidate for U.S. Senate challenging Sen. Bob Menendez (NJ), but ended campaign in Mar. 2018.  Compliance officer from AArrow Sign Spinners, Nov. 2016-Jan. 2018.  Contributing writer for The Hill (from Aug. 2017) and HuffPost (from Oct. 2016).  Attorney at Legal Aid Manhattan, Sept. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Deputy state director of voter protection in Colorado for Hillary for America, June-Oct. 2016.  Prosecutor for NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, Feb.-Aug. 2015.  LLM from Cardozo School of Law, 2015 and earlier studiied law at Florida Coastal School of Law; Syracuse University's Maxwell School and Eckerd College. twitter

Press Assistant  Maya Krishna-Rogers

(Dec. 2018)  Interned for Delaney in his congressional office, Aug.-Nov. 2018.  B.A. in political science and international affairs from McGill University, 2018.

Digital Content Manager  Abigail Roskind

(Nov. 2017)  Copy editor at Snapchat, Inc., Jan.-June 2017.  Editorial assistant at Career Contessa, Oct. 2015-May 2016.  Sales associate at British American Shipping LLC, Nov. 2014-Dec. 2015.  B.A. in international relations and affairs from University of Southern Californai, 2013.

Digital Content Manager  Joe Connelly

(Oct. 2018; started as correspondence manager in Nov. 2017)  Several internships.  Bachelor's degree in government from Colby College, 2017.

Finance Director  Tracey K. Friedlander

(Nov. 2017)  Senior advisor to the Inter-American Development Bank, Aug. 2011-Oct. 2017.  Franklin Fellow at U.S. Department of State (Feb. 2010-Jan. 2011) and U.S. Embassy in Croatia (Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012). General counsel, SVP of business development at StarBand Communications Inc., 2000-04.  Associate general counsel, VP for legal and business affairs at Teligent, Inc., 1998-2000.  Senior associate at Arnold & Porter, 1991-98.  J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, 1991; B.A. in political science from Dickinson College, 1988.

Finance Assistant  Benjamin Brosnahan

(Dec. 2017)  Executive assistant to CEO at Nusgart Consulting from June 2017.  Interned for Delaney, March-June 2017.  Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia from June 2016.  Field organizer on Hillary for America in Annapolis, MD from April 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Tulane University, 2016.

Treasurer  April McClain-Delaney


Iowa Communications Director  Monica Biddix

(announced 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

Iowa Digital Director  Greg Hauenstein

(Oct. 2018)  Lead developer at GPS Impact in Des Moines, Feb. 2012-Oct. 2018.  Legislative assistant to Rep. Tyler Olson in the Iowa House, Jan.-April 2012.  Director of new media for the Iowa Democratic Party, June 2009-Jan. 2012.  Web design and development for oh hey mktg, June 2010-Mar. 2011.  New media producer for Obama for America, Aug. 2007-Nov. 2008.  Studied film and video production at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.  twitter

Iowa Outreach Director  Mark Galinsky

(Sept. 2017)  Field rep. for U.S. Rep. Delaney in Hagerstown, Aug. 2016-Sept. 2017.  Field organizer on John Delaney for Congress, March-Aug. 2016.  Press intern to U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, Aug. 2015-Jan. 2016.  B.A. in political science and government from St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2014.

Regional Field Director  Jeffrey Cardenas

(Nov. 2018)  CA-10 and CA-48 paid canvass program for the California Democratic Party, Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Campaign services director for the Santa Clara County Democratic Party from Feb. 2017.  Campaign manager on John Hirokawa for Sheriff, Sept. 2017-July 2018.  Co-campaign manager on Marc Berman for California State Assembly, June-Nov. 2016.  Santa Clara County coordinator for Yes on Measure AA, Feb.-June 2016.  Policy aide at the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, May 2014-Aug. 2015.  Senior field representatve in the California State Senate, Dec. 2012-May 2014.  Campaign manager on Jerry Hill for State Senate 2012.  Started on campaigns as an intern, field organizer and rapid response director of the California Democratic Party, March-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political science from UC Davis, 2009.

Regional Field Organizers include
Des Moines area  Anita Aidoo

(Aug. 2018)  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Towson University, 2018.

Davenport  Andy House

(July 2018)  Law clerk at Smirnow Law in Washington, DC, Oct. 2017-April 2018.  Advisor to the Global Solar Council, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2017.  J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2015; B.A. in environmental policy and sciences, religious studies from McDaniel College, 2010.

Cedar Rapids  Kelsey Myers

(started on the campaign in June 2018)  From Minnesota. 

Gregory Christensen
M.S. in international relations from Northeastern University; B.S. in agricultural sciences from Oregon State University, 2015.  Author of Make America Stronger Together and has several books in the works.  twitter

Patrick Brett

Aaron D. Johnson

Victoria Lee

> On Oct. 17 Iowa Starting Line reported, "The campaign has six full-time field staffers in five different counties."
> On Nov. 16 Politico reported that in Iowa he "plans to have 30 full-time staffers on the ground and up to eight offices opened by January."


New Hampshire  Chris Garretty

Regional organizing director (April-Aug. 2016) and deputy organizing director (Aug.-Nov. 2016) for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.  Organizer for Hillary for America in NH, ME and WI, July 2015-April 2016.  Field director for the Coaltion for an Affordable City-Stop Unfair Beverage Taxes (SF), Dec. 2013-Nov. 2014.  Campaign coordinator for Whitehurst/Mosher Campaign Strategy and Media (SF), Aug. 2012-Nov. 2013.  B.A. in economics from San Francisco State University, 2012.

Congressional Office (both have been helping out on the campaign)

Chief of Staff  Alexander ("Xan") Fishman

(Feb. 2017...started in Jan. 2013 as a legislative assistant)  Deputy campaign manager on Friends of John Delaney, Dec. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Field organizer on Fairfax Victory 2011, Aug.-Nov. 2011.  Intern to U.S. Rep. Mike Ross (AR), Oct. 2010-May 2011.  English teacher at Tichon Hadash High School, Sept. 2008-June 2010; math and physics teacher at American Hebrew University, Aug. 2005-May 2008.  M.A. in teaching English from Tel Aviv University, 2011; B.A. in astronomy and religion from Swarthmore College, 2005.  twitter

Communications Director  Willis McDonald


Digital Director Makaiah Mohler ...to March 2018


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