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Howard Schultz
Seattle, WA

(page updated June 12, 2019)


www.howardschultz.com  |  @howardschultz

Note: On June 12, 2019 HuffPost reported Schultz "announced that he was letting everyone go except those in senior leadership positions, adding he would not make a decision about running for president until after Labor Day."  Axios reported Schultz underwent "three separate back surgeries."

Potential Candidate  Howard Schultz 

wife  Sheri



Brooks Kochvar

Consultant at GS Strategy Group.  General consultant on Marlin Stutzman (IN) primary campaign for U.S. Senate to Oct. 2017.  General consultant and pollster to U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN) and general consultant to U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (UT).  General consultant on Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning's 2012 campaign for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate (won by Deb Fischer).  Campaign manager on Kelly Ayotte's 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate in NH.  Campaign manager on U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith's unsuccessful 2008 re-election bid after serving as hia deputy chief of staff in the Senate.  Studied at University of San Diego.


Senior Advisor  Gen. Peter Chiarelli, U.S. Army Ret.

CEO of One Mind for Research, Mar. 2012-Jan. 2018.  Nearly 40 years in the U.S. Army culminating position as vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army, Aug. 2008-Feb. 2011.  Commander of the Multi-National Corps-Iraq; coordinated the actions of all four military services and was responsible for the day-to-day combat operations of more than 147,000 U.S. and Coalition troops.  M.P.A. from University of Washington, 1980; B.S. in political science and government from Seattle University, 1972.


Advisor  Rajiv Chandrasekaran

A senior vice president for public affairs at Starbucks and executive producer of the company’s social impact media initiatives, from 2015.  Senior correspondent and associate editor at the Washington Post, started there in 1994;  served as bureau chief in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia, and covered Afghanistan.  Co-author of For Love of Country (2015) with Schultz; author of  Little America (2012), and Imperial Life in the Emerald City (2007).  twitter


Advisor  Steve Schmidt

MSNBC political analyst.  Vice chair at Edelman June 2010-July 2018.  Senior strategist and advisor on the McCain-Palin campaign, ran the campaign day to day from July 2008; started as a senior advisor in Dec. 2006.  Partner at Mercury Public Affairs and leads the firm's operations in California.  Campaign manager for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's (R-CA) 2006 re-election.  Deputy Assistant to the President and Counselor to the Vice President, responsible for Dick Cheney's press relations and communications.  Point man for the Bush Administration on the confirmations of Judge John Roberts and then Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Deputy communications director/director of rapid response on Bush Cheney '04.  Communications director at the NRCC in the 2002 cycle.  Spokesperson for the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  Communications director on Lamar Alexander's 2000 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for the first part of 1999.  Press secretary on Matt Fong's 1998 U.S. Senate campaign in California.  Managed Will Scott's campaign for Kentucky Attorney General, 1995.  Attended the University of Delaware from 1988 to 1993 as a political science major (graduated in 2013).  From North Plainfield, NJ. 

Communications Advisor  Bill Burton

(reported by MSNBC on Jan. 28, 2019)  Previously California managing director ofr SKDKnickerbocker from Jan. 2015.  Executive vice president and managing director at Global Strategy Group, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Co-founder and senior strategist at Priorities USA/Priorities USA Action, April 2011-Dec. 2012.  Deputy press secretary at the White House, Jan. 2009-Feb. 2011.  National press secretary on Obama for America, Jan. 2007-Nov. 2008.  Communications director at the DCCC for the 2006 cycle, started March 2005).  Office of Sen. Richard Durbin (IL).  A regional Communications director on John Kerry's presidential campaign.  Press secretary for Rep. Dick Gephardt's Iowa caucus campaign.  Press secretary to Sen. Tom Harkin, 2001-03.  Press secretary for U.S. Rep. Bill Luther (MN).  Graduate of the University of Minnesota.  Originally from Buffalo, NY.

Spokesperson  Erin McPike

Partner at Swann Street Strategies from Feb. 2018.  Washington bureau chief/editor/White House reporter for IJR, Feb. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Communications director for 1776, Feb. 2016-Jan. 2017.  National correspondent for CNN, Jan. 2013-2015.  National political reporter for RealClearPolitics.com, Aug. 2010-Jan. 2013.  Political reporter for National Journal, Feb. 2008-Aug. 2010.  NBC News/National Journal embed on the Romney campaign, Aug. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Campaigns staff writer for Nationa Journal, Jan. 2006-Aug. 2007.  B.A. degrees in political science and journalism from American University, 2005.


Brendon DelToro

(reported by The Hill on Mar. 7, 2019)  Deputy political director at the NRCC in the 2018 cycle.  Vice president of political strategy at iHeartMedia, Feb. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Campaign manager on Stutzman for Senate (IN), May-Nov. 2015.  Chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN), Jan. 2013-May 2015.  Campaign manager on Walorski for Congress, May-Dec. 2012.  Deputy campaign manager on Dalrymple for Governor (ND), Jan.-May 2012.  Campaign manager on Holtzman & Hagner for Assembly (NJ), 2011.  Field staff for the North Dakota Republican Party, Aug. 2010-June 2010.  Government affairs fellow in the Office of Gov. Sonny Perdue, Dec. 2009-Aug. 2010.  B.S. in justice studies, political science from Georgia Southern University, 2009.


Matt LoParco

(reported by The Hill on Mar. 7, 2019)  External affairs director (May 2018-Jan. 2010) and special assistant to Chairman Steve Stivers (Jan. 2016-Jan. 2019) at the NRCC.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, July 2016-Jan. 2017.  Research fellow in Office of Sen. David Perdue, June-Jluly 2016.  7th grade science teacher with Teach for America-Uplift Luna Secondary in Dallas, TX, June 2014-May 2016.  Legal assistant (Jan.-May 2014) and runner (May-Dec. 2013) at Blasingame, Burch, Garrard and Ashley, P.C. in Athens, GA.  B.A. in business administration and management from the University of Georgia, 2013.

Chief Analytics Officer  Mike Develin

(Dec. 2018, reported by Todd Bishop at Geekwire on Mar. 17, 2019)  Director of data science for Facebook, Oct. 2011-Nov. 2018; head of analytics for Instagram, Jan. 2016-May 2018.  Quantitative analyst at D.E. Shaw & Co., Dec. 2007-Dec. 2010.  Postdoctoral fellow at the American Institute of Mathematics, June 2003-Nov. 2007.  Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley, 2003; B.A. in mathematics from Harvard University, 2000.  


Pollster  Greg Strimple

Founder and president of GS Strategy Group.  A founding partner of Mercury Public Affairs, served as the firm’s senior strategist overseeing polling and advertising. Has served as pollster and senior advisor in presidential, gubernatorial, and congressional campaigns across the countr


https://www.howardschultz.com/jobs/



See also:

Speech "The Heart of America" at Miami Dade College in Miami, FL on March 13, 2019.
Memo to Interested Parties [PDF] "Results of January 2019 National Survey."


Amanda Terkel.  "Howard Schultz Announces Campaign Staff Cuts, Summer Hiatus."  HuffPost, June 12, 2019.


Gabriel Debenedetti.  "Howard Schultz and His Team Think the Backlash Means They're 'Onto Something.'"  New York, Mar. 15, 2019.


Scott Wong and Max Greenwood.  "Schultz recruiting GOP insiders ahead of possible 2020 bid."  The Hill, Mar. 7, 2019.


From CAO Michael Develin's LinkedIn page:
"Our current political system is one where in practice about 0.5% of voters select the two options for president and about 20% of voters cast a relevant vote between them. The system that hasevolved around this is full of calcified institutions that both theoretically and empirically aren'tdelivering good outcomes to the American people. 

"We're hopeful there's a better way, and hopeful that the current atmosphere of partisan hatred and bickering is still salvageable into one where the best ideas and spirit of this country can shine."



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