Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – 2017

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Chairman  Sen. Chris Van Hollen (MD)

(ennounced Nov. 18, 2016)


Executive Director  Mindy Myers

(announced Dec. 21, 2016)  DSCC director of independent expenditures in the 2016 cycle (from Jan 2016); also served as advisor/consultant to Elzabeth Warren's PAC for a Level Playing Field from Jan. 2016.  Chief of staff to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Nov. 2012-Dec. 2015.  Campaign manager on Elizabeth Warren for Senate, Sept. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Chief of staff to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Nov. 2008-Sept. 2011.  Campaign manager on Richard Blumenthal for Senate (Ct), April-Nov. 2010.  New Hampshire state director on Obama for America, July-Nov. 2008.  Chief of staff to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Nov. 2006-July 2008.  Campaign manager on Sheldon Whitehouse for Senate, 2005-06.  Political director to Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle/DASHPAC, 2003-April 2005.  Deputy director for constituency outreach on Gore 2000, 1999-2000.

Assistant to the Executive Director  Janie Mahan
(Jan. 2017)  Worked on Hillary for America.starting in Brooklyn as headquarters operations intern (Jan.-May 2016) then deputy director of headquarters operations (June-Sept. 2016) and finishing as Iowa deputy GOTV director (Sept.-Nov. 2016).  Bachelor's degree in political science, history from Columbia University in the City of New York, 2016.

Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer  Tracey Lewis

(announced Feb. 16, 2017)  Senior advisor to the Hillary for America campaign in Georgia; earlier directed surrogate operations at the Democratic National Convention and was primary states director on Hillary for America.  Director of Georgia Democrats' 2014 Coordinated Campaign.  State strategic advisor to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and deputy manager on Warren's 2012 campaign.  Principal in the grassroots practice at Dewey Square Group from May 2011.  National field director for the Alliance for Climate Protection.  Managed the 2010 Connecticut Coordinated Campaign.  General election director on Obama's Campaign for Change in New Hampshire, July-Nov. 2008.  New Hampshire field director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 primary campaign, then served as senior staff and field advisor and organized get-out-the-vote efforts for Clinton in six other primary states.  Campaign manager for Massachusetts Democrats' Victory ‘06 Coordinated Campaign.  Deputy director of Sen. John Kerry's leadership committee, Keeping America's Promise.  Worked in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida for John Kerry in 2004 and served as Kerry's credentials director during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  Worked in Wisconsin for Gore-Lieberman in 2000.  Lewis has also worked on various local and statewide races in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Graduate of Colgate University.  Grew up in Syracuse, NY.


Political Director  Devan Barber

(Nov. 2017)  Political director (July-Nov. 2017) and director of polling and strategy (Feb.-July 2017) at End Citizens United.  Research director (May 2016-Jan. 2017) and deputy research director (Feb. 2015-May 2016) at the DSCC.  Research director on Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate (NC), Dec. 2012-Nov. 2014.  Researcher for Sen. Kay Hagan, Dec. 2012-Dec. 2013.  Senior research associate (July 2011-Nov. 2012) and research associate (March 2010-June 2011) at the DNC.   Legislative correspondence manager (Feb.-March 201), legislative correspondent (Jan.-Feb. 201) and research assistant (May-Nov. 2008) for Sen. Kay Hagan.  B.A. in government and women's studies from William & Mary, 2008.

Campaign Director  Missayr Boker

(announced Feb. 16, 2017)  Assistant political director and PAC director (from 2013) and PAC manager (from 2011) at NARAL Pro-Choice America.  Moved to the U.S. from Liberia at age 5.

Political Associate  Misha Battiste

(April 2017)  HR associate in Brooklyn and deputy operations director in Pennsyvania on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Delegate tracker (Feb.-Aug. 2016) and intern to the Office of the Secretary (Sept.-Dec. 2015) at the DNC.  B.A. in mass communication/media studies from Xavier University, 2015.


Communications Director  Lauren Passalacqua

(announced Feb. 16, 2017)  Served as DSCC national press secretary in the 2016 cycle.  Deputy press secretary in the New York City Mayor's Office.  Deputy press secretary in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York, Jan.-Dec. 2011.  Communications office of Andrew Cuomo 2010, Sept.-Nov. 2010.  Press secretary on Dinallo for Attorney General, April-Sept. 2010.  Deputy press secretary In the Office of the Governor of New York, May 2008-April 2010.  B.A. in journalism, sociology from New York University, 2008.  twitter

National Press Secretary David Bergstein

Communications director on former Gov. Ted Strickland's 2016 campaign for U.S. Senate (OH).  Communications director for the Kentucky Democratic Party.   twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Courtney Rice

(Feb. 2017)  Press assistant at Priorities USA, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016.  M.P.A. in campaign management, state and local management from American University, 2016; B.A. in history from Allegheny College.  From Ohio.  twitter

Senior Advisor for Communications  Ben Ray

(announced Feb. 16, 2017)  Communications director at American Bridge 21st Century in the 2016 cycle from Jan. 2015.  Spokesman for Forward NC, aligned with Sen. Kay Hagan's 2014 re-election campaign in North Carolina.  Press secretary for the Indiana Democratic Party.  Graduate of Centre College, 2007.  Kentucky native.  twitter


Research Director  Stephanie Nielsen

(announced Feb. 16, 2017)  Deputy director for rapid response at the DCCC in the 2016 cycle.  Research director on Sen. Mark Begich's 2014 re-election campaign.  DSCC research associate in the 2012 cycle.  Deputy research director on Michael Bennet's campaign for U.S. Senate (CO) in 2010.

Deputy Research Director  Patrick O'Brien

(Feb. 2017)  Northeast regional research director at the DCCC, April 2015-Dec. 2016.  Research director on Natalie Tennant for U.S. Senate (WV), Feb.-Nov. 2014.    Senior researcher for a progressive labor organization, May 2013-Jan. 2014.  Research associate at American Bridge 21st Century, May 2011-Jan. 2013.  Research director for the Maryland Democratic Party, Jan.-May 2011.  Researcher/tracker for the Maryland Democratic Party/O'Malley-Brown campaign, March-Dec. 2010.  Campaign manager on Del. John Bohanan's re-election campaign, Dec. 2009-March 2010.  M.A. in government from The Johns Hopkins University, 2015; B.A. in political science, history from Bates College, 2009.

Deputy Research Director  Shaan Gajria

(Feb. 2017)  Research director on Ted Strickland for U.S. Senate (OH), Sept. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Senior research associate at the DSCC, Feb.-Aug. 2015.  Deputy research director on Kay Hagan for U.S. Senate (NC), Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Researcher for the Connecticut Democratic Party, June-Dec. 2013.  Research associate at Elizabeth Warren for Senate (MA), June-Nov. 2012.  Researcher at American Bridge 21st Century, June 2011-June 2012.  B.A. in government from Hamilton College, 2011.

Digital & Direct Marketing

Director of Integrated Marketing  Catherine Algeri

(announced Feb. 16, 2017; DSCC director of marketing in the 2016 cycle from April 2015)  Digital director on Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate.  Digital director to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Dec. 2012-Feb. 2014.  Digital director on Whitehouse for Senate, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  Online and new media director on Blumenthal for Senate, July-Nov. 2010.  Senior account executive at InfoGroup Nonprofit, July 2006-July 2010.  Account coordinator at Luatman & Company, Oct. 2003-July 2006.  B.A. degree from UC San Diego.  twitter


Chief Technology Officer  Jude Meche

(IT director at the DSCC in March 2005)  Meche also served as technology site lead at Invesco Field for the Democratic National Convention in Aug.-Sept. 2008.  Senior IT advisor for John Kerry for President and the Kerry-Edwards campaign, starting May 2004.  Director of IT for America Coming Together, Feb.-May 2004.  Director of IT on the Dick Gephardt for President campaign Feb. 2003-Feb. 2004.  Director of management information systems at the DCCC, Sept. 2001-Feb. 2003.  Consultant, 1992-2001. Degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University, 1997.

Director of Technology Services  Ryan Borkenhagen

Previously in the IT department at the DCCC.


Finance Director  Eben DuRoss

Finance director on Catherine Cortez Masto's campaign for U.S. Senate in Nevada.  Worked for Planned Parenthood.  A regional finance director for the DSCC.  Bachelor's degree in government and international relations from Clark University, 2003.  From Bethesda.

Deputy Finance Director  Laura Matthews

(May 2017...started in March as Mid-Atlantic finance director)  Deputy finance director at Friends for Harry Reid, March 2013-Dec. 2016.  Mid-Atlantic deputy finance director (July 2011-March 2013) and Mid-Atlantic finance assistant (March-July 2011) at the DSCC.  Finance assistant on Friends of Barbara Boxer, July-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech, 2010.

Senior Advisor  Yates Baroody

(Jan. 2017)  DSCC deputy national finance director in the 2016 cycle.  COO at New Blue Interactive, April-Dec. 2014.  Finance chief of staff at the DSCC, March 2011-April 2014.  Finance operations director at the DCCC, Jan. 2009-March 2011.  Accoundt coordinator at Hayes and Associates, Jan. 2006=Aug. 2008.  M.A. in legislative affairs from The George Washington University, 2006; B.A. in political sicence from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2004.

South Finance Director  Jennifer Aljuni

Texas Finance director on Hillary for America from April 2015.  Finance director (Dec. 2013-Nov. 2014) and deputy finance director (May-Dec. 2013) for the Texas Democratic Party, Deputy finance director on Keith Fitzgerald for Congress in Sarasota, FL, May-Nov. 2012.  Major gifts assistant at EMILY's List, June-Dec. 2011. Experience also includes field intern in Des Moines on Obama's Campaign for Change in Fall 2008 and on Hillary Clinton for President in summer 2007.

West Finance Director  Charlie Johnson

Southern California finance director on Hillary for America from April 2015.  Deputy Southern California finance director and Southwest Finance Director at the DNC, March 2013-March 2015.  Mid-Atlantic fianance assistant at Obama for America, June-Nove. 2012.  B.A. in political science from Tulane University, 2012.

Midwest Finance Director  Sharon Weber

(March 2017)  Illinoiis finance director on Tammy for Illinois, April 2015-Dec. 2016.  Political fundraiser at New Chicago Consulting LLC, Nov. 2014-April 2015.  Political fundraiser at Nancy Kohn Consulting, LLC, Aug. 2011-Nov. 2014.  Deputy finance director on Toi for Illinois, Dec. 2012-March 2013.  Field staffer and finance assistant on Alexi for Illinois, June-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from DePaul University 2010.

Northeast Finance Director  Stephanie Swain

Fundraising associate at FK & Company from Jan. 2014.  Political fund designee for Sen. Tom Carper, Dec. 2012-Jan. 2014.  Campaign manager on the Denn campaign, June-Dec. 2012.  Sales associate at J.Crew, Oct. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Scheduler on Sestak for Senate (PA), June 2009-Jan. 2010.  B.A. in international relations and affairs from University of Delaware, 2011.

Deputies including...
PAC Director and Mid-Atlantic Deputy Finance Director  Marcus Rochelle

(March 2017)  Started at the DSCC as Northeast finance assistant (Dec. 2013-Dec. 2014), then Mid-Atlantic finance assistant (Jan. 2015-Feb. 2016) and Mid-Atlantic deputy finance director from March 2016.  Campus organizer at George Mason University on Terry McAuliffe for Governor, Aug.-Nov. 2013.  B.A. in political science and government from Sewanee-The University of the South.

Northeast Deputy Finance Director  McCaul Nelson

(June 2017)  Deputy finance director on Ossoff for Congress (GA), Jan.-June 2017.  Event coordinator (Aug.-Nov. 2016) and finance assistant (Nov. 2015-Aug. 2016) on Deborah Ross for U.S. Senate.  B.A. in peace, war and defense and political science from UNC Chapel Hill, 2015.

West Deputy Finance Director  Sydney Barron

(Aug. 2017)  Southwest finance on Hillary for America, Nov. 2015-Nov. 2016.  Junior associate and NMA Consulting Partners, Dec. 2014-Oct. 2015.  Field organizer on Amanda Renteria for Congress (CA), Aug.-Nov. 2014.  Bachelor's degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara, 2014; transfered from Santa Barbara City College.

Mid-Atlantic Deputy Finance Director  Leigh Parker Pross

(May 2017)  Senior finance associate, director of nonprofits at The Frost Group, June 2014-May 2017.  Campaign assistant at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, June-Nov. 2013.  Administrative assistant at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, March 2011-June 2012.  M.P.S from The Graduate School of Political Management at GWU, 2014; B.A. in communication from Auburn University, 2010.

South and National Tribal Finance  Jack Lofgren IV

(June 2017)  Finance on Periello for Governor (VA), Feb.-June 2017.  Deputy Southern Midwest finance director on Hillary for America, April 2015-Nov. 2016.  Finance director on Lenda Sherrell for Congress (TN), Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Program assistant at the Chicago Committee on Minorities in Large Law Firms, Feb.-Nov. 2013.  Deputy field organizer on Obama for America in Greensboro/Winston-Salem, Oct.-Nov. 2012.  Assistant at the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee in Charlotte, May-Sept. 2012.  B.A. in international studies, sociology and anthropology from Loyola University of Chicago, 2011.

Finance Chief of Staff  Meredith Jachowicz

(March 2017)  DSCC deputy events director (April 2015-March 2017), Senate services director (Dec. 2012-March 2017); and assistant to the finance director (Feb. 2011-Dec. 2012).  B.A. in sociology, Spanish language from American University, 2010.


Candidate Services Director  Gisel Aceves

(Sept. 2017)  Colorado finance director on Bennet for Colorado from July 2015.  Campaigns finance advisor at EMILY's List, Feb.-Sept. 2017.  Senior associate at HM Consulting, April-July 2015.  Director of operations in the U.S. House, Jan. 2013-March 2015.  Finance on Pete Aguilar for Congress (CA), March-June 2012.  Studied politics and Latin American Latino Studies at UCSC.


Senate Services Director  Bridget Brennan

(July 2017)  Scheduler and executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (CA), Jan.-June 2017.  Advance staffer in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oct. 2016-Jan. 2017; advance associate for the Executive Office of the President at the White House, Aug. 2015-Jan. 2017.  B.S. double major in political science and history from Fordham University, 2016.


Comptroller  Allison Wright

May 2017)  Executive director to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, April 2013-Jan. 2017.  Compliance director on Hillary Clinton for President, June 2007-April 2013.  Director of constituent services at the DNC, 2005-07.  Assistant treasurer at Democracy for America, Mar. 2004-Feb. 2005.   Complliance consultant on Dean for America, Jan. 2003-June 2007.  Compliance director on Gore/Lieberman 2000, 1999-2004; compliance director on Gore 2000, 1999-2005.  Compliance on Clinton-Gore '96, 1995-Jan. 2014.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from University of Florida, 1995.


Staff Assistant and Intern Coordinator  Hannah Botelho

(Jan. 2017....scheduling, call times, daily admin.)  Advance on Hillary for America, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Special assistant to the deputy CEO for finannce and administration and intern coordiator for the Democratic National Convention Committee in Philadelphia, Dec. 2015-Oct. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science and govenrment from Penn State University, 2015.


General Counsel  Marc Elias

Chair of the Perkins Coie Political Law practice, joined the firm in 1993; among Elias' other clients are the DNC, DCCC and DGA.  General counsel to Hillary for America.  General counsel to John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign.   J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and M.A. in political science from Duke University, 1993.  B.A. in government from Hamilton College, 1990.  New York native.

Independent Expenditures

[IE, operating separately and independently from the DCCC, spends tens of millions of dollars largely on advertising, doled out to various consultants]

Director of Independent Expenditures


Political Director  Dan McNally Oct. 2017

(announced Feb. 16, 2017)  Campaign manager on Sen. Michael Bennet's 2016 re-election.  DSCC regional political director in the 2014 cycle.  Campaign manager on Mark Pocan's successful 2012 campaign for Congress in WI-2.  Assistant director of intergovernmental affairs for the City of Syracuse, NY, Jan.-Sept. 2011.  Campaign manager on Dan Maffei for Congress in 2010.  Campaign manager on Stephanie Miner for Mayor of Syracuse in 2009.  Worked on Rep. Louise Slaughter's campaign.  Worked on the Jon Powers primary campaign in NY-26 in 2008.  Undergraduate degree in political science from SUNY at Geneseo, 2008.