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The RNC is a confederation of state parties. Power flows from the local level up to the national level.

National Convention

Every four years.

168 Members of the RNC ("the 168")

Meet twice yearly. 1 Committeeman, 1 Committeewoman and 1 Chairperson from each state. Committee members terms run from Convention to Convention. (Formerly 165 Members -- increased with the addition of three Members from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

Executive Committee (28 members)(Rule 6)

Sounding board for the Chair. Decisions between meetings of the full RNC.

  • 8 by Region (MW, NE, S, W).  3 Chair Appointments.  17 Elected and Appointed Officers - Chairman, Co-Chair, Vice Chairs, Treasurer, Secretary; General Counsel, Finance Chairman, Chairman of State Chairmen's Advisory Comm., Chairman of the Budget Committee, Chairman of the Rules Committee.

Chairwoman  Ronna McDaniel (MI)

(announced Dec. 14, 2016; elected Jan. 19, 2017)  Previously chair of the Michigan Republican Party, elected  Feb. 21, 2015.  Has "worked as a manager for the staffing firm Ajilon, as a business manager for the video company Mills James Productions, and as a production manager for SRCP Media."  B.A. in English from Brigham Young University.  First campaign was as a driver on her mother Ronna Romney's 1994 run for U.S. Senate.  Resident of Northville.  (She is Mitt Romney's niece; daughter of Ronna Romney who married G. Scott Romney, Mitt Romney's brother). twitter

Director of Scheduling  Alana Wilson

(Mar. 2017)  Executive assistant and scheduler for U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (WI), June 2015-March 2017.  Executive assistant at Politico, Oct. 2014-May 2015.  Executive assistant and scheduler for U.S. Rep. Don Young (AK), July 2012-Oct. 2014.  Legislative correspondent to U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (CO), Oct. 2011-July 2012.  B.A. in English language and literature from Wake Forest University, 2011.

Traveling Aide  Shannon Fisher

Co-Chair  Bob Paduchik (OH)

(announced Dec. 14, 2016; elected Jan. 19, 2017)  Ohio director of Trump for President from June/July 2016.  President of Agincourt Consultants, LLC, a lobbying and political consulting firm in Westerville, from Jan. 2016.  Chief of staff (Jan. 2013-Dec. 2015) and senior vice president of state affairs and outreach (Feb. 2011-Dec. 2015) at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.  Managed Rob Portman's 2010 campaign for U.S. Senate.  Vice president of client services at DCI Group, June 2006-Feb. 2009.  President of Agincourt Consultants, LLC, Jan. 2003-June 2006.  Ohio campaign manager on Bush-Cheney '04, Inc. from April 2004.  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental and External affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 2001-Jan. 2003; was a member of the Department of Defense Transition Team.  Executive director of Bush's Ohio primary (Dec. 1999-March 2000) and general election campaigns (Aug. 2000 to year's end), while on leave from position as director of constituent affairs to Gov. Bob Taft.  Political director for Taft’s 1998 gubernatorial campaign.  Served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine; Northeast Ohio coordinator for DeWine’s 1994 U.S. Senate race.  Worked at the Ohio Department of Transportation during the gubernatorial administration of George Voinovich.  Bachelors degree in political science from the University of Akron, 1989, and an honorary certificate in applied politics from the Bliss Institute.  Native of Tallmadge, Ohio.  twitter

Chief of Staff to the Co-Chair  Matt Kunkel

A regional political coordinator in WI, VA and MN (Sept.-Nov. 2016), Northeast regional political coordinator (July-Sept. 2016) and Connecticut field director (March-July.  Project consultant for PACENation, Jan. 2014-Feb. 2016.  Vice president of government relations and business development for Morgan Contracting Enterprise, 2005-13.  Vice president of government relations and Mercury Public Affairs, 2003-05.  Regional director for the Empire State Economic Development Corporation, 2002-03.  Vice president for project development for the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation, 2000-02.  Director of industry development for the Empire State Economic Development Corporation, 1997-2000.  Aide to the governor of New York, 1995-97.  M.S. in organization and strategic management from Manhattanville College, 2001; B.S. in urban planning, landscape architecture from Michigan State University, 1992.

Special Assistant to the Co-Chair  Aaron Ohnemus
(Jan. 2018)  Project specialist for Office of the Governor of Arizona, Feb.-Dec. 2017.  Field rep. to Assemblyman Bill Brough (CA), Feb. 2015-Oct. 2016.  Interned on Carson America in IA and SC, Jan.-Mar. 2018.  B.A. in business management from Patten University, 2018; Associate's degree in political science and government from Saddleback College.

Treasurer  Tony Parker (DC)

(elected Jan. 14, 2011; re-elected Jan. 25, 2013; re-elected Jan. 16, 2015)  President of Parker Tide, a federal government contracting company.  Vietnam veteran, U.S. Navy; received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, and his J.D. and Masters in tax law from Georgetown Law Center.

Secretary  Susie Hudson (VT)

(elected Jan. 16, 2015)  Elected National Committeewoman from Vermont in May 2008.  Experience includes executive director of the Vermont Commission on National and Community Service where she oversaw the State AmeriCorps programs (appointed by Gov. Douglas in 2003).  Executive director of the Vermont Republican Party; Midwest regional legislative political director for the Republican National Committee; and worked at the U.S. Department of Justice.  B.S. from University of Vermont.

General Counsel  Doyle Webb (AR)

(announced Feb. 21, 2017)  Elected chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas Dec. 13, 2008 and re-elected 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016.  Attorney.  Chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, April 2002-Jan. 2007.  Elected to two terms in the State Senate, first in 1994.  Elected Justice of the Peace in Saline County in 1986 and served for 3 terms.  J.D. and a B.A. in history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  twitter

Finance Chairman  Todd Ricketts

(approved by the full RNC on Feb. 2, 2018)  Ricketts is co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and son of Joe Ricketts the founder of Ameritrade.  With his wife owns Higher Gear bike shop in Wilmette.  Served as director and CEO of Ending Spending, Inc., a group founded by his father in 2010.  Also of note, on Nov. 30, 2016 President-elect Trump nominated Ricketts to be Deputy Commerce Secretary, but he withdrew from consideration on April 19, 2017.


Chairman of the Budget Committee (12 members)  Glenn McCall (SC)

Chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on Resolutions (9 members)  Alex Willette (ME)

Chairman of the RNC Standing Committee on Rules (56 members)  Jeff Kent (WA) 


also note:
Temporary Committee on the Presidential Nominating Process (11 members)  Bob Paduchik (OH)
Site Selection Committee (13 members)  Ron Kaufman (MA)  

Chairman of the State Chairmen  Robin Hayes (NC)

(announced Aug. 15, 2017)


Chief of Staff  Richard Walters  

(reported as interim on Aug. 31, 2017 by Politico)  Walters succeeded Sara Armstrong; he had been serving as finance director (announced Feb. 6, 2017) and was a four-year veteran of the RNC finance team, including as regional finance director for the Northeast and Midwest.  Part of the Mitt Romney for President and Romney Victory fundraising operations.  Fundraising experience for statewide campaigns and other national political organizations.

Assistant to the Chief of Staff  Laurel Jenkins
(Dec. 2017)  Previously special assistant to Chairwoman McDaniels, May-Dec. 2017; also served as an intern in summer 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from University of Mississippi, 2017.

Deputy Chief of Staff  Molly Donlin

(Nov. 2017)  Previously chief of staff to the co-chair (announced Mar. 8, 2017) and deputy political director in the 2016 and 2014 cycles (from April 2013).  Florida state manager on Romney's general election campaign; started as state director for Romney's Florida primary campaign, then went on to direct the primary campaigns in Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin.  In 2010 Donlin directed Republicans' Michigan Victory effort.  In the fall 2008 campaign she directed Republicans' Victory 2008 effort in Arizona; earlier in the cycle she served as field director for Central Florida on the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee.  Donlin was a presidential appointee in the Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs, where she served as assistant to the director.  Deputy director of volunteer development for the RNC from Aug. 2005 to Dec. 2006, and 72-Hour field director for Hamilton County for the Ohio Republican Party.  B.S. degree in international affairs from Xavier University in Cincinnati, 2004.  twitter

Chief Operating Officer  Maggie Boyd

(annouced March 8, 2017)  RNC operations director (from 2015) and budget director-political (2013-14).  Consultant to the Republican Party of Virginia, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Deputy director of delegate services (Jan.-Aug. 2012) and deputy director of administration (2011) for the 2012 Republican National Convention.  Associate at Pike Associates LLC, 2009-11.  In 2008 served as assistant to the vice president at the Republican National Convention, then deputy director of volunteer deployment at the RNC.  Government relations analyst (2007-08) and government relations assistant (2006-07) at Blank Rome Government Relations LLC.  Executive assistant at Hovde Financial LLC, 2004-06.  B.A. in political science from The George Washington University, 2004.

Senior Advisor  Jeff Larson

(announced Feb. 6, 2017)  Senior advisor to the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee.  CEO of the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Director of IE at the NRSC in the 2014 cycle.  CEO of Roosevelt Group.  Chief of staff at the RNC in the 2012 cycle, announced Feb. 3, 2011 through April 2013.  In 1999 Larson and three others formed Feather Hodges Larson & Synhorst, which became FLS-DCI and then FLS Connect, a top campaign consulting firm; he sold his stake in the firm following the 2010 elections.  In the 2010 cycle Larson chaired Minnesota Future, a 527 group that was active in the governor's race.  CEO of the Minneapolis-St. Paul 2008 Host Committee.  Founded a firm call Strategic Communications.  Worked at the RNC under Lee Atwater.  Executive director of the Delaware Republican Party in 1988 cycle.  Worked on North Dakota Gov. Alan Olson's unsuccessful 1984 re-election campaign.  Deputy campaign manager on Bud Westman's campaign for U.S. Senate in North Dakota.  Degree in business administration and economics from University of North Dakota, 1982.  Grew up in Grand Forks, ND.


Political Director  Juston Johnson

(announced 2017)  RNC Midwest regional political director in the 2016 cycle, from March 2015.  Executive director of the Florida Republican Party, May 2013.  National field director for the RNC during the 2012 cycle from Sept. 2011.  Campaign manager on Ron Johnson for U.S. Senate May-Nov. 2010.  RNC deputy director of political education, Aug. 2009-May 2010.  Political director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009, and Wisconsin Victory director, Fall 2008.  Campaign manager on Van Hollen for Attorney General, 2005-06.  B.A. in political science from University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2002.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Sarah Nelson

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  RNC Northeast regional political director in the 2016 cycle.  Deputy political director and national field director on Marco Rubio for President, 2015-16.  Partner at Riverwood Strategies in Eagle, ID from 2013.  Western region political director and Nevada state director on Romney for President, April 2011-Nov. 2012.  Deputy political director on Meg Whitman for Governor 2010 (CA), Apr. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Campaign manager and fundraiser for Ryan Erwin & Associates in Las Vegas, Mar. 2006-Mar. 2009.  Campaign manager and fundraiser for November Inc. in Las Vegas, May 2004-Mar. 2006.  Graduate of Brigham Young University.  Grew up in Southeastern Idaho.  twitter

Director of Strategic Initiatives  Edith Jorge

(April 2017)  National field director for The LIBRE Initiative, Mar. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Political director on Susana Martinez for Governor, Mar. 2014-Jan. 2015.  Director of Hispanic outreach on Christie for Governor, April-Nov. 2013.  Regional political director (Mar. 2012-April 2013) and campaign manager (May-Nov. 2011) for the New Jersey Republican State Committee.  RNC field director in Delaware, May-Nov. 2010.  M.A. in law and governance, advanced conflict management and peace studies (2014) and B.A. in communications, political science (2010) from Montclair State University.

Regional Political Directors

Mid-Atlantic  Jon Black

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  RNC director of turnout and targeting in the 2016 cycle and led the national voter turnout through the 2014 cycle from May 2013.  Digital political director at Romney for President, Nov. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Political analyst at Target Victory, Feb.-Nov. 2011.  Voter programs for the Michigan Republican Party, Dec. 2009-Dec. 2010.  Republican Party of Virginia Victory, June-Nov. 2009.  Deputy director of political technology/Voter Vault (May 2008-March 2009) and a regional Voter Vault coordinator (April 2007-May 2008) at the RNC.  Worked on the Rhode Island Victory campaign in latter half of 2006, ID-ing and mobilizing likely voters in the U.S. Senate race.  Degree in political science from Allegheny College, 2006.

West  Alexis Valdez Darnell

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  RNC Southwest regional political director in the 2016 cycle. Operations director to Gov. Susanna Martinez (NM) from May 2011.  Executive director of New Mexico Victory 2008.  Graduate of the University of New Mexico, 2006.  Native New Mexican.  twitter

Midwest  Mark Jefferson

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  RNC director of majority retention and a regional political director during the 2016 cycle; RNC midwest regional political director from May 2011 through 2014 cycle.  Served for over four years as executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, in the 2008 and 2010 cycles, including working for then Chairman Reince Priebus.  Has run several house races and was the statewide director for the state Republican Assembly Campaign Committee.  Served as a legislative aide in the Wisconsin State Capitol for more than a decade.  B.A. from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Born in Friendship, WI.  twitter

Great Lakes  Steven Ostrow

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  Executive director of the Michigan Republican Party under Chairwoman McDaniel from April 2015.   Advocacy director for the Michigan Freedom Fund, Feb. 2014-April 2015.  Caucus service manager for the Michigan Senate Majority Communications Office, March 2013-Feb. 2014.  Political director for the Michigan Republican Party, Sept. 2011-Feb. 2013; Victory director for the RNC, April-Nov. 2012.  Account manager at Association Management Strategies, June-Sept. 2011.  Mid-Atlantic regional Victory director for the RNC, July-Nov. 2010.  Political operations director on Steve Poizner for Governor (CA), April 2009-June 2010.  Lead representative on the Norm Coleman Senate recount in Minnesota, Nov.-Dec. 2008; field representative for the Nevada Republican Party, Sept.-Nov. 2008; field representative for the Oregon Republican Party, June-Sept. 2008.  B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, 2008.  twitter

Southeast  Russell Peck

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  Campaign manager on Gov. Pat McCrory's (NC) 2016 re-election campaign.  A senior vice president of Mercury Public Affairs in Raleigh, NC, Feb. 2013-Sept. 2015.  Campaign manager on Pat McCrory's 2012 gubernatorial campaign, Feb.-Dec. 2012.  Director of external affairs for America's Natural Gas Alliance, July 2011-Feb. 2012.  Executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, Dec. 2009-June 2011.  New Jersey Victory director, July-Dec. 2009.  North Carolina Victory director, July 2008-Feb. 2009.  Director of congressional affairs for the Republican Party of Florida, Jan.July 2008.  Account manager at Enwright Consulting, July 2007-Jan. 2008.  Florida organizational director on John McCain 2008, Jan.-July 2007.  Director of voter registration for the Republican Party of Florida, May 2005-Nov. 2006.  Special assistant at the U.S. Department of Labor, Jan.-May 2005.  Southwest Florida field director for Bush-Cheney '04, Jan.-Nov. 2004.  B.S. in finance, English from Florida State University, 2003; earlier attended Oklahoma State University.  twitter

Northeast  Elissa Voccola

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  Most recently helped on Chris Sununu's campaign for governor of New Hampshire.  New Hampshire deputy state director on Marco Rubio for President, May 2015.  Executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, Jan.-May 2015.  Executive director of the Connecticut Republican Party, May 2013-Jan. 2015.  Colorado field director on Romney for President from June 2012; during the primaries served as the campaign's Utah and Wyoming director, from Nov. 2011.  Political director at the Connecticut Republican Party, Aug.-Nov. 2011.  Field manager on Tim Pawlenty for President, May-Aug. 2011.  Legislative aide in the Connecticut House, Dec. 2010-May 2011.  Political director on Sam Caligiuri for Congress, June-Nov. 2010.  Field representative on Simmons for U.S. Senate, Nov. 2009-May 2010. Degree in political science, history, communications from Western Connecticut State University, 2010; earlier studied at Clarkson University.  twitter

Regional Political Coordinators

Jordan Moskowitz

(April 2017)  Field representative (NYC/Trump Tower) on Donald J. Trump for President, May-Nov. 2016.

Krista Pittman

(Jan. 2018)  Account manager at GC Strategies in the Inland Empire, Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018; deputy campaign manager on Sean Flynn for Congress (CA), Aug. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Deputy field director on Diaz for City Council (CA), April-June 2017.  Degree in political science and government from UC Riverside, 2018.

Political Education/Training Director  ???

Benjamin Mitchell served as political training director to Dec. 2017

National Field Director  Matt Dailer

(Mar. 2017)  RNC deputy director for political training, Sept. 2015-Mar. 2017.  Executive director of the West Virginia Republican Party, Jan.-Oct. 2015; state director at the West Virginia Republican Party, July 2013-Dec. 2014.    Analyst in the West Virginia Legislature, Jan.-Apr.. 2013.  West Virginia field coordinator for Victory 2012, July-Nov. 2012.  Analyst in the West Virginia Legislature, Jan.-Mar. 2012.  B.A. in political science from Marshall University, 2011.  twitter

Deputy National Field Director  Elliott Echols

(Dec. 2017)  Has worked for the RNC since Oct. 2013 as Virginia state director (July-Dec. 2017), GA-06 district director (Feb.-June 2017), director of the Republican Leadership Initiative (Jan. 2015-Feb. 2017), and national youth director (Oct. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Additionally Echols served as a regional political director for the CRNC, June-Nov. 2012; and as state chairman of Georgia College Republicans, March 2011-April 2012.  B.S. in economics from Berry College, 2013.  twitter

State Directors 

(for 17 states announced Sept. 12, 2017)  AZ - Alex Melendez ... CO - Adam Johnson ... FL - Andrew Brey ... IN - Alex Johnson ... GA -
Joshua Findlay ... ME - Joe Turcotte ... MI - Lx Fangonilo ... MO - Alex Meyer ... MT - Brandon Zanon ... NV - Dan Coats ... NH - Ashley Walukevich ... NC - Robert Andrews ... OH - Rob Lagergren ... PA - Brittney Robinson ... TX - Kristy Wilkinson ... VA - (formerly Elliott Echols) ... WI - Phil Curry.

Director of Absentee and Early Vote  Bill Dunne

(May 2017)  RNC absentee and early vote coordinator, Sept. 2016-Apr. 2017.  Directed signature collection efforts in Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania, and worked on final push in Iowa on Chris Christie for President, Inc., Nov. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Political director (June-Nov. 2015), statewide field director (Aug. 2014-May 2015), deputy political director (Jan.-July 2014) and staff assistant (April 2013-Jan. 2014) for the New Jersey Republican State Committee.  Expenditure process owner at ConvaTec, May 2011-July 2012.  B.A. in political science from Lehigh University, 2011.  twitter

Director of Strategic Partnerships and Faith Engagement  Mike Mears

(July 2013)  Senior director at Family Research Council Action, Jan. 2012-June 2013.  Executive director at Concerned Women for America PAC, Jan. 2006-Dec. 2011.  twitter

Director of Targeted Engagement  Juan O'Leary

(May 2017)  Senior field director for Americans for Prosperity, Dec. 2016-May 2017.  Virginia field director for The LIBRE Initiative, Aug. 2014-Dec. 2015.  Studied political science at Salisbury University.

Director of Military and Veteran Engagement  Chad Longell

(Aug. 2017)  Founder and CEO of Transcend Operations, LLC from April 2017.  Military consultant and writer for IJR, from March 2015.  Consultant to Vykin Corporation, Oct. 2015-Aug. 2017.  Senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, Sept. 2012-Aug. 2016.  B.S. in political science and government from The Catholic University of America, 2014.  Served in the U.S. Army from June 2008 including Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  From New Jersey.  twitter

Director of Asian Pacific American Engagement  Adi Sathi

(Nov. 2017)  Also chief of staff at the YRNF from Sept. 2017.  Experience on more than a dozen campaigns since 2010.  Most recently in 2017 he served as as a field manager on Gillespie for Governor (VA) via In Field Strategies; served as a senior advisor on Lena Epstein for U.S. Senate Mackinac operations; and managed Kevin Tatulyan's campaign for MIGOP vice chair of coalitions.  APAICS legislative fellow in the office of Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT), Sept. 2016-Sept. 2017.  One of six vice chairs of the Michigan Republican Party, Feb. 2015-Feb. 2017.  Deputy executive director of the Republican Hindu Coalition, Nov. 2015-July 2016.  M.S.W. in community organization (2014) and B.A. in political science (2013) from University of Michigan.  twitter

Director of Hispanic Engagement  Sandra Benitez

(Mar. 2018...started as deputy director in Aug. 2017)  Director of government affairs and policy at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mar.-Aug. 2017.  Virginia field director for The LIBRE Initiative, June 2015-Aug. 2016.  Deputy political diirector for the NJ Republican State Committee, Jan. 2014-June 2015.  NJ director of Hispanic initiatives for the RNC, July 2013-Jan. 2014.  B.A. in political science from Ramapo College of New Jersey.  twitter

Deputy Director of Hispanic Engagement  Jesus Rodriguez

(May 2018)  Hispanic initiatives coordinator at the RNC from May 2015; also served as political intern (Sept.-Nov. 2014)  Studied at The George Washington University.

Director of Youth Engagement  Mitchell Freckleton

(Nov. 2017)  Legislative correspondent (June-Nov. 2017) and staff assistant (June 2016-June 2017) to U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT).  RNC field organizer for the Nevada GOP in the Reno area, Jan.-June 2016.  H.B.A. in political science from University of Utah, 2015.  twitter

Urban Engagement Coordinator  Gina Barr

(Aug. 2017)  Regional field director for the Michigan Republican Party from Feb. 2014.  Security supervisor at G4S International from Jan. 2012.

Political Strategy Coordinator  Natalie Bell

(July 2017)  B.A. in political science from University of Arkansas, 2017.  Interned at the RNC in Summer 2016.

Political Operations Manager  Jodie Chavez

(Mar. 2017)  Previously a regional political coordinator (May 2015-Feb. 2017); and assistant to the CFO and director of personnel (Aug. 2014-April 2015) at the RNC.  Bachelor's degree in public policy leadership from the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, 2014.


Communications Director  Ryan Mahoney

(announced Feb. 6, 2017)  RNC deputy communications director in the 2016 cycle, principal deputy press secretary in the 2014 cycle, and a regional press secretary during the 2012 election.  Joined the RNC in June 2011 from the Maryland Republican Party, where he served in a dual role as communications director and political director, Mar. 2010-June 2011.  Field director (Jan. 2009-Mar. 2010) and deputy communications director (started Jan. 2008) for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  Communications at BT Health in London, May 2007-Jan. 2008.  Attended University of Wisconsin-Madison.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director and Research Director  Mike Reed

(see below)

Deputy Communications Director  Lindsay Jancek

(promotion reported by Politico, April 13, 2017)  RNC Iowa communications director for the 2016 general election campaign.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN), announced April 2014, to April 2016.  Communications director for the Indiana Senate Majority Caucus. A policy officer for the Lumina Foundation for Education.  Policy analyst in the Indiana House of Representatives.  Master’s degree in public affairs from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Indiana University.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Rick Gorka

(promotion reported by Politico, April 13, 2017 "regional comms., 2018, day to day")  RNC regional communications director in 2016.  Traveling press secretary on Romney for President from late Dec. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Communications director at the New Jersey Republican Party, Jan.-Dec. 2011.  Spokesman on Charlie Baker's campaign for governor of Massachusetts, March-Nov. 2010.  Regional communications director/regional press secretary at the RNC, Oct. 2009-March 2010.  Regional political director at Freedom's Watch starting Dec. 2007, with an interlude as regional communications director (West) on the McCain-Palin campaign.  Campaign manager for state Senate candidate Mark D. Tate in Virginia in 2007.  In 2006 Gorka served as field director for U.S. House candidate Gus Bilirakis and earlier as a field representative for U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris through the primary.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, 2001.  Spokane native.  twitter

Spokesperson  Kayleigh McEnany

(announced Aug. 7, 2017)  Political commentator on CNN to beginning of Aug. 2017.  Co-host on CNN’s “The Point.  Producer on The Mike Huckabee Show for three years.  J.D. from Harvard University, 2016 after starting at University of Miami Law School; studied a year at Oxford University; B.S.F.S. in international politics from Georgetown University, 2010.  Tampa native.  twitter

National Press Secretary  Cassie Smedile

(Aug. 2017)  Director of communications for U.S. Sen. Todd Young (IN), Jan.-Aug. 2017.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (WI), May 2013-Dec. 2016.  Director of digital content for the Republican National Convention, May-Aug. 2016.  Communications director for U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (FL), June 2009-Dec. 2010.  Deputy communications director on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, Nov 2007-Oct. 2009.  Staff assistant in the Office of the House Republican Whip, May-Nov. 2007.  B.A. in broadcast and electronic communication from Marquette University, 2007.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Stephanie Rivera

(April 2017)  Executive assistant at On Message, Inc., July 2016-Mar. 2017.  Executive assistant at the NRSC, Aug. 2015-July 2016.  Bachelor's degree in public communication and Spanish from American University, 2014; interned at the RNC in summer 2014.  From Florida.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Blair Ellis

(Aug. 2017)  Press secretary and digital coordinator for the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, July 2016-July 2017.  Communications director (Nov. 2015-June. 2016), press secretary (Oct. 2014-Oct. 2015), and press assistant (Oct. 2013-Sept. 2014) to U.S. Rep. Renee Elmers (NC).  Research assistant to NC Speaker Thom Tillis, June-Sept. 2013.  B.A. in political science and public relations from UNC Chapel Hill, 2013.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Nicole Tardif

(Dec. 2017)  RNC Virginia deputy press secretary, May-Nov. 2017.  Director of operations/policy advisor to U.S. Rep. Gallagher, Jan.-May 2017.  Scheduler to U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock, Nov. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Office director for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus, May-Nov. 2015.  B.B.A. from University of Mary Washington, 2013.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary  Patrick McCann

(Mar. 2018)  Communications director on Rick Saccone for Congress, Feb.-Mar. 2018.  Research analyst (Mar. 2017-Feb. 2018) and war room analyst (Feb. 2016-Mar. 2017) at America Rising LLC.  Communications assistant on Lindsey Graham 2016, June-Dec. 2015.  B.A. in political science and government from Manhattan College, 2015.

Regional Communications Directors 
Christiana Purves

(April 2017)  Campaign manager and communications director on Justin Fareed for Congress (CA), Feb. 2016-Jan. 2017.  National deputy press secretary on Lindsey Graham 2016 presidential campaign, June 2015-Jan. 2016.  Staff in Office of Sen. Graham, July 2014-May 2015.  Communications assistant on Team Graham, Inc., Aug. 2013-July 2014.  B.A. in public relations from University of South Carolina-Columbia, 2014.  twitter

Ellie Hockenbury

RNC director of media affairs in the 2014 cycle.  Communications director for RNC Victory in Colorado, April-Nov. 2012.  Deputy communications director on Phil Bryant's successful gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi.  Worked for three years in the Los Angeles branch of the Glover Park Group.  Graduate of the University of Southern California.  From Jackson, Mississippi.  twitter

Director of Hispanic Media  Yali Nunez

(May 2017)  Director of Hispanic communications on Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, June 2016-Jan. 2017.  News reporter in Miami (April 2014-2016) and sports anchor and segment and field producer in Fresno (July 2013-Feb. 2014) for Univision.  Programming coordinator/on air talent/production associate for Fox Networks Group, June 2012-2013.  Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in mass communication, telecom.-news from University of South Florida, 2011.  Freelance reporter for Azteca America, 2012.  Field reporter/anchor for WFLA-TV, June-Dec. 2011.  twitter

Deputy Director of Hispanic Media  Brittany Martinez   ...comms. dir. at Renacci for Senate from Mar. 2018.

(June 2017)  Press secretary (July 2015-Nov. 2016) and legislative correspondent (Feb.-June 2015) to U.S. Rep. Curbelo (FL).  Master's in political management from The George Washington University, 2015; bachelor's degree, double major in English and speech communication from University of La Verne, 2013.

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Press Assistant/Executive Assistant to the Communications Director  Kristen Lemel

(Aug. 2017)  Press assistant in the U.S. Senate, Dec. 2016-Aug. 2017.  B.A. in English Language from Liberty University, 2016.  twitter

Press Assistant  Miki Carver

(May 2017)  B.B.A. from Pace University Lubin School of Business, 2017; served as a RNC digital media intern in summer 2015.  twitter

Press Assistant  Alexandra (Allie) Carroll

(Sept. 2017)  College ambassador for Soul Cycle in Ardmore, PA, Jan.-Aug. 2017.  Staff assistant on Meehan for Congress, 2016 and interned at the RNC in summer 2016.  Undergraduate degree in political science from Villanova University, 2017.

Director of Media Affairs and Surrogates  Johanna Persing

(Mar. 2017)  RNC New Hampshire communications director, Jan. 2016-Mar. 2017.  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (PA), Jan. 2015-Jan. 2016.  Communications director on Barbara Comstock for Congress, June-Nov. 2014.  Director of radio (April 2013-June 2014)  press assistant (Nov. 2011-Apr. 2013) and intern (Aug.-Nov. 2011) at the RNC.  B.A. in political science and religious studies from Gettysburg College, 2011.  twitter

Rapid Response Director  Michael R. Ahrens

(reported by Politico, April 13, 2017) Spokesman on Sen. Marco Rubio's re-election campaign.  Worked on Romney for President, 2012.  twitter

Deputy Rapid Response Director  Steve Guest

(April 2017)  RNC deputy press secretary, Aug. 2016-April 2017.  Media reporter for The Daily Caller, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Associate producer for The Hugh Hewitt Show, April-July 2015.  B.A. in political science from UCLA, 2015; Associate's degree from Orange Coast College, 2013.  twitter

Associate Director of Rapid Response  Harry Fones

(April 2017)  Previously RNC research analyst from July 2016.  Field director on New Day for America (pro-Kasich) starting in NH, Sept. 2015-May 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science, history from Gettysburg College, 2015.

Assistant Research and Rapid Response Director  Joe Ascioti

(July 2017)  Director of special projects (July 2016-June 2017), war room director (May 2015-July 2016) and deputy research director (Jan. 2014-May 2015) and staff assistant (Sept. 2013-Jan. 2014) at FP1 Strategies, LLC.  B.A. in political science from Colgate University, 2013.

War Room Director  Eric L. Schulz

(May 2016)  Started at the RNC as a research analyst in Feb. 2015.  Press intern at American Action Forum, Aug.-Nov. 2014.  B.A. in government and international politics from George Mason University, 2014.

Deputy War Room Director  Kevin Fairbrother

(June 2017...started as a war room analyst in April 2017)  War room analyst for FP1 Strategies, LLC, May 2016-Mar. 2017.  Field coordinator on CARLY for America in New Hampshire, Sept. 2015-Mar. 2016.  Degree in political science from The George Washington University, 2015.  twitter

note: rapid response team has 10-plus people



Research Director and Deputy Director of Communications  Mike Reed

(announced Mar. 8, 2017)  Founder and president of Rive Delta Strategies LLC in Baton Rouge, LA, Feb. 2016-Feb. 2017.  Communications director (Feb. 2014-Jan. 2016) and deputy communications director (Feb. 2013-Feb. 2014) to Gov. Bobby Jindal (LA),.  Research director (Jan. 2011-Dec. 2012) and senior research analyst (2010 cycle) at the NRSC.  Researcher at McCarthy Marcus Hennings, April-Dec. 2008.  Research analyst on former Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, Jan. 2007-Feb. 2008. B.A. in public policy from Hobart College, 2006.  Boston native.  twitter

Deputy Research Director  Scott Parker

(promotion reported by Politico, April 13, 2017)  RNC director of investigations from April 2015.  Research analyst at America Rising, LLC, Jan. 2014-April 2015.  Senior legal assistant at Milstein Adelman, LLP in Los Angeles, May 2011-June 2013.  Bank teller at Washington Mutual, June 2004-July 2006.  M.A. in government from The Johns Hopkins University, 2015; B.A. in political science from UC Santa Barbara, 2010.  twitter

Assistant Research Director  Darin Gibbons

(May 2017)  Vice president of legal affairs at America Rising LLC, May 2014-May 2017.  Research and policy director at Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs, Oct. 2013-April 2014.  Attorney at law in Cambridge, MA from Feb. 2013.  Contracted attorney, Sept. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Policy research coordinator and e-media manager on Charlie Baker for Governor (MA), Nov. 2009-Nov. 2010.  J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, 2012; B.S. in business finance from Endicott College, 2008. (>)

Assistant Research Director  John Kashuba

(April 2017)  Senior research analyst, Aug. 2016-April 2017.  Legal fellow in the U.S. Senate, Feb. 2015-July 2016.  Worked for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, June-Aug. 2013, and for U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ), May-Aug. 2012.  J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, 2015; bachelor's degree in political science from UC Berkeley, 2012.


TECHNOLOGY developers, operations, DevOps, and security
Chief Technology Officer  Puran Nebhnani

(announced Mar. 17, 2017)  RNC deputy CTO from Jan. 2016; started as director of engineering in Feb. 2014.  CTO/co-founder of BritSoft, May 2011-Aug. 2015.  Principal engineer  for various clients including National Geographic Society, US Marine Corps via SSG, Dec. 2007-Jan. 2014.  Technical lead at Pharad, LLC, March 2006-Dec. 2007.  Senior software architect and engineer at Corvis/Broadwing Communications (acquired b Level 3 Communications).  Member of technical staff at Bell Labs Lucent Technologies, 2000-01.Software engineer, 1996-2000.  M.S. in computer science and software engineering from Monmouth University 1996; B.S. in electronics engineering from University of Mumbai.

DIGITAL, social media

Chief Digital Officer  Doug Hochberg

(Nov. 2017...previously RNC digital director from April 2017, and director of digital voter contact from Sept. 2016.  Deputy digital director for the 2016 Republican National Convention, Dec. 2015-July 2016.  Press secretary for American Action Forum, Feb. 2014-Nov. 2015.  Communications and advancement teams for new CEO of Hillel International, Sept. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Founder of Bullpen Digital, Feb.-Oct. 2013.  Ohio digital director on Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  Project manager for Strategic Public Partners Group, 2011-12.  B.A. in political science from The Ohio State University, 2011.  twitter

Deputy Digital Director  Kevin Zambrano

(Mar. 2017)  RNC senior manager for online fundraising, Mar. 2016-Mar. 2017.  Digital strategist at the NRCC in the 2014 cycle.  Account manager at Conservative Connector, announced May 2013.  Deputy data analyst on Romney/Ryan.  Graduate of Syracuse University.  New Hampshire native.  twitter

Gene Prezocki

(started at the RNC in April 2001)  Studied political science and government at Wittenberg University.

Digital Political Director  Jeff Rich

(June 2017)  Senior digital strategist at Audience Partners, Jan.-June 2017.  Client strategy manager (Mar.-Dec. 2016), analyst (Jan. 2013-Mar. 2016) and coordinator (Dec. 2011-Jan. 2013) at Targeted Victory.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Washington & Jefferson College, 2010.

Director of Digital Content  Lauren Devoll

(Jan. 2017)  Digital revenue project manager at the NRCC, Feb. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Photographer (one of seven) for the 2016 Republican National Convention, July 2016.  Social community manager at the RNC, Jan. 2014-Feb. 2015, and intern, Aug.-Dec. 2013.  B.A. in communictions, leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington, 2013.  twitter

Director of Digital Data  Bobby Trivett

(from April 2018; digital project manager from Jan. 2017)  Manager of data and analytics (Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016), analyst (Jan. 2013-Dec. 2014) and email/marketing coordinator (Oct. 2011-Dec. 2012) at Targeted Victory.  Master's in political management from The George Washington University; B.A. in political science and B.S. in business administration, campaign management from American University, 2011.  Originally from Northeast Pennsylvania.  twitter

Director of Digital Technology  Aaron Wong

(Jan. 2017)  Manager, data and web operations-techops (to 2016), analyst, development and design (2013-15) and email marketing coordinator/Salesforce administrator (2012-13) at Targeted Victory. B.A. in political science from U.S.C., 2012.  twitter

Senior Writer  Alissa Tabirian

(Aug. 2017)  Reporter for Access Intelligence, June 2015-Aug. 2017.  Capacity building/chemical safety for CRDF Global, Oct. 2014-March 2015.  Staff writer/broadcast services intern for The Heritage Foundation, Jan.-May 2014.  Reporter for CNSNews,com, June-Oct. 2013.  M.A. in security studies from Georgetown University, 2016; B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Emory University, 2013.

Social Community Manager  Alexandra Swee

(June 2017)  Staff assistant and legislative correspondent in the U.S. Senate, Jan.-June 2017.  Fundraising coordinator at Targeted Victory, Feb.-Dec. 2016.  B.A. in political science from Rhodes College, 2016.

Creative Director  Jessica Woodie

(Aug. director from Mar. 2017; started as a graphic designer in Aug. 2016)  Bachelor's degree in strategic communications from Elon University, 2016.

Senior Designer  Ruben A. Verastigui

(May 2017)  Digital account coordinator at Harris Media LLC, Jan.-May 2017.  Digital media coordinator (Feb.-Dec. 2016) and graphic designer (Aug. 2014-Feb. 2016) at Students for Life of America.  Senior graphic designer at Alice Paul Group, May 2015-2016.  Studied graphic design at Northwest Vista College.

Director of Film and Visual Media  Leigh Wolf

(June 2017)  Production manager at Conservative Review, Jan.-June 2017.  Video production manager at, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Producer with Cumulus Media (The Ethan Bearman Program in San Francisco), Nov. 2012-Mar. 2015; video producer with Meridian Pacific in the Sacramento area, June 2014-Feb. 2015.  Mac Specialist/sales at Apple in San Francisco, May 2004-Oct. 2006.  B.A. in radio and television from San Francisco State University, 2009.  Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 2008.

Email Marketing Director  Julie (Olsen) Orsinger

(Feb. 2017)  Email marketing operations manager at Targeted Victory, Oct. 2012-Feb. 2017.  M.S. in integrated marketing communications (2013) and bachelor's in advertising (2011) from West Virginia University.

Director of Innovative Marketing  Austin Boedigheimer

(May 2018)  Previously deputy email marketing director (Feb. 2017-April 2018) and digital marketing strategist (2015-Jan. 2017) at the RNC; also digital marketing and analytics for Trump Make America Great Committee, June-Nov. 2016.  Digital coordinator at the NRCC, May-Aug. 2015.  Bachelor's degree in business, Engilsh from St. Martin's University, 2015.

Digital Optimization & Marketing Data Analytics  Alex Varisco

(Aug. 2016...started as project manager, digital optimization and analytics)  Digital operations manager for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH, May-Aug. 2016.  Guest trainer for Apple, June 2010-May 2016.  Production assistant for Oneida Nation Enterprises, Turning Stone Resort and Casino, Jan. 2010-Aug. 2011.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Daemen College, 2007.

Chief Data Officer  Ellen Bredenkoetter

(late July 2017)  Chief data officer at Data Trust, Oct. 2015-July 2017.  Deputy chief data officer at Scott Walker Inc., June-Sept. 2015; deputy chief data officer at Our American Revival, March-June 2015.  National data director (April 2014-March 2015) and regional data director (Dec. 2013-March 2014) at the NRCC.  Deputy director of political analytics (March-Nov. 2012) and political (April 2011-Feb. 2012) on Romney for President.  Political on Friends of Roy Blunt, May-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from University of Alabama, finsihed degree in Dec. 2013.  twitter

Deputy Chief Data Officer-Operations  Jessica LaBerge

(Sept. 2017)  Director of external support-outside groups for Data Trust, Jan.-Sept. 2017.  Data director for the Republican Party of Iowa, March-Nov. 2016.  Deputy finance director on Carly for President, May 2015-Feb. 2016.  Major donor manager at the NRCC, Jan. 2013-Jan. 2015.  B.A. in government, history from The University of Texas at Austin, 2012.  twitter

Director of Turnout and Targeting  Brian Parnitzke

Earlier served as data integration coordinator and started with the RNC in  April 2014.

Deputy Director of Turnout and Targeting  Martin L. Singer

(Apr. 2017)  Started at the RNC as political data analyst, Nov. 2015-Apr. 2017.  Special assistant and legislative correspondent for U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, Jan.-Nov. 2015.  Data director and deputy field director on Cotton for Senate, Mar.-Nov. 2014.  Staff associate for the U.S. House Committeee on Foreign Affairs, Jan. 2013-Mar. 2014.  Political strategy intern on Romney for President, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in international and global studies from Brandeis University, 2012.

Senior Data Advisor  Katie Walsh

(late July 2017 as reported by Politico on Aug. 31)  RNC chief of staff in the 2016 cycle (announced Jan. 27, 2015); RNC finance director in 2013-14 (announced June 6, 2013); started as RNC deputy finance director in Jan. 2013.  Deputy finance director at the NRSC starting Jan. 2009.  A regional finance director on RNC/McCain Victory 2008.  Assistant to the national finance director on the Fred Thompson campaign.  Undergraduate studies in business at The George Washington University, 2007.

Lead Data Scientist  Hubert Shang

(May 2015)  RNC data scientist, Feb. 2014-May 2015.  B.S. degrees in mathematics and statistics from Virginia Tech, 2013.

Director of Analytics  Macy Cambio

(Sept. 2017)  Research staff director (June-Sept. 2017), reasearch and data project director (Dec. 2016-June 2017), senior data analyst and project director (Feb.-Dec. 2016) and research analyst (July 2014-Feb. 2016) at TargetPoint Consulting.  Administrative asssistant (April-July 2014) and intern (Jan.-April 2014) at the RNC.  Bachelor's degree in political science from University at Buffalo, 2014.

Deputy Director of Analytics  Wyatt Dietrick

(Sept. 2017)  Previously RNC political data support analyst, June 2015-Aug. 2017.  Also served as a summer intern at the RNC in 2013.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Loyola Marymount University, 2015.

Analytics Manager  Kaylin Bugos

(Oct. 2017)  Senior data analyst and project manager (Dec. 2016-Oct. 2017) and research analyst (Aug. 2015-Dec. 2016) at TargetPoint Consulting.  Deputy political director (Feb.-Aug. 2015) and political and press assistant (May 2014) at the RSLC  Political intern at National Republican Senatorial Committee, Sept. 2013 - May 2014.  Editorial intern at The American Spectator, May- Aug. 2013.  Grassroots intern at Republican Jewish Coalition Sept.-Dec. 2012.  B.A. in journalism and government & politics from the University of Maryland, 2014.  Native of Greenville, SC.

Director of GIS  Brad Walp

(Dec. 2013)  Previously RNC GIS coordinator (Jan. 2007-Nov. 2013) and data analyst (April 2004-Dec. 2006).  Staff assistant at PhRMA, Sept. 2003-March 2004.  B.A. in political science, sociology from Bucknell University, 2001.

Deputy Director of External Support  Nicholas Hoffnagle

(Nov. 2017)  RNC analyst, political data support from May 2015.  Project manager at Majority Strategies, April-Nov. 2014.  A field director for the Republican Party of Virginia, May-Nov. 2013.  Campaign coordinator on Otero for Congress (Tampa/St. Pete), Oct. 2011-Nov. 2012.  B.S. in international affairs from Florida State University, 2010.

Regional Data Directors
Central  Prentice Eager

(Sept. 2017)  Director of voter file development (June-Sept. 2017) and voter file development analyst (July 2016-June 2017) at Data Trust.  Regional field director in Fairfax County for the Republican Party of Virginia, Oct. 2015-July 2016.  Special assistant to the campaign manager on Scott Walker's presidential campaign, Feb.-Sept. 2015.  Finance assistant on Friends of Scott Walker, Dec. 2014-Feb. 2015.  Field director on Friends of Stewart Mills (MN), May-Nov. 2014.  Territory sales manager for Altria, May 2012-April 2014.  Bachelor's degree in Spanish from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012.

West  Kristian D. Hemphill

(Aug. 2017)  RNC Colorado data director, Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016.  Field director for the Colorado Republican Committee, May 2014-April 2015.  B.A. in political science and government from Hastings College, 2014.  twitter

Mid-Atlantic  Justin Kemp

(Oct. 2017)  External support analyst at Data Trust, May-Oct. 2017.  Campaign manager on Friends of Steve O'Ban (Tacoma, WA), Feb.-Dec. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science from Azusa Pacific University.

Northeast  Tyler Mich

(Oct. 2017)  Data processing manager (Aug.-Oct. 2017) and data operations analyst (July 2016-Aug. 2017) and data collection coordinator (March-July 2016) at Data Trust.  Recruiter for Achieve-It, LLC, Dec. 2015-March 2016.  Data loading technician for CACI international, June-Oct. 2015.  B.A. in philosophy from American University, 2014.

Nick Lauritsen

Previously data director for the Republican Party of Virginia from March 2017.  Deputy data director and a regional field director for the Republican Party of Florida in 2016.  Field representative in Laconia, on Jeb! inc. New Hampshire primary campaign, then deployed to South Carolina.  Central Indiana field representative on Stutzman for Senate (IN), 2015.  Campaign coordinator on Stutzman for Congress (IN), 2014.  Graduate of Perdue University, 2013.

Tyler Church

(Sept. 2017)  Political analyst for i360, llc, Feb.-Sept. 2017.  Data director for the Republican Party of Virginia, June-Dec. 2016.  Data and field director on Bud Pierce for Governor (OR), Jan.-May 2016.  Field director in Iowa and NH on Lindsey Graham 2016, June-Dec. 2015.  RNC field director in OR, KS and LA (managing Victory offices), Aug.-Dec. 2014.  Owner of Tyler Church Landscaping, 2006-14.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from Lewis and Clark College, 2014.

Regional Data Coordinator  Hannah Stover

(Sept. 2017)  Bachelor's degree in political science and international business from Miami University, 2017.

External Support Project Manager  Emily Perry

Started at the RNC in Sept. 2014 as data staff assistant, and earlier as an intern, June-Sept. 2014.  B.A. in international/global studies and Spanish from Ohio Wesleyan Univerity, 2014.

Information Technology

IT Director/Director of Network Operations  Dirk Eyman

(since Jan. 2005)  IT director for Bush-Cheney ’04. Network architect at the RNC, 2000-03.  University of Arizona.

Deputy IT Director  Mike Gilding

(at the RNC since Feb. 2006)  Catawba College.

Network Operations  Jackson Greene

(June 2016)  Also worked RNC network operations, May-Aug. 2015 and as an intern June-Aug. 2014.  B.A. in  political science and government from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2016.

Senior Security Engineer  Scott Sciarrino

(June 2018)  Extensive consulting for various private sector and political clients, including the RNC.  Owner of Sciarrino Consulting, 1993-2010.  Director of computer services on Phil Gramm for President, Inc., Jan. 1995-Jan. 1996.  Worked for the NRSC and NRCC in 1994.  Network administrator for Information Broadcasting Company, Inc. Jan. 1993-Jan. 1994.  Studied computer science at Syracuse University.


Finance Director  Sarah K. Robinson

(succeeded Richard Walters)  Previously RNC deputy finance director.  Experience includes deputy finance director at Marco Rubio for President.

Deputy Finance Director - Direct Marketing  Jim Rowley

(at the RNC since 2007)  Deputy finance director for direct mail and phones on Bush-Cheney '04, May 2003-Aug. 2004.  B.A. in history from Mary Washington College, 1991.

West Finance Director and PAC Director  Rachel Kelley

(March 2015)  President and principal at Tuesday Solutions, Inc. since Oct. 2014.  PAC director for the NRSC, March 2013-Jan. 2015.  Manager of political affairs for ICSC, Sept. 2008-March 2013.  PAC manager for the NAHB, 2006-08.  Manager of government relations for Public Policy Partners/GAGE, Jan. 2005-July 2006.  Staff assistant, constituent relations for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, 2003-05.  Bachelor's degree in political science and  public relations from The University of Alabama, 2003.

Midwest Finance Director ???

South Finance Director  Elise Dickens

(Feb. 2017)  Principal at EMD Consulting LLC in Camden, ME from Mar. 2016.  Deputy finance director on Chris Christie for President, Inc., June 2015-Feb. 2016; regional finance director on Leadership Matters for America PAC, Feb.-June 2015.  Finance director on Ed Gillespie for Senate, Mar.-Dec. 2014.  Executive director on Gov. Chris Christie's 2014 inaugural committee, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Deputy finance director on Chris Christie for Governor, Feb.-Nov. 2013.  Comptroller for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, Mar. 2011-Jan. 2013.  Scheduler to U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, Nov. 2010-Mar. 2011.  B.A. in political science from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 2010.

Northeast and Florida Finance Director  Taylor Lioce

(Jan. 2017)  Deputy regional finance director at the RNC, Jan. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Executive team assistant at Aethon Energy, June-Dec. 2014. B.A. in communnication studies, advertising from Southern Methodist University, 2014.

Deputy West  Elizabeth (Lizzie) Coombs
Deputy Midwest  Lauren Carter
Deputy South  Adrienne Gamez
Deputy Northeast  Mallory Gerndt

Regional Field Finance Directors include:
Lauren Bosler (July 2017)
Michael Swetz (June 2017)

Major Donor Programs

Donor Telecommunications Director  Teressa Jackson

Director of Operations and Events  Elizabeth Blossom Looser

(Feb. 2017)  Director of operations/CFO at Crossroads strategies, LLC, a federal relations, advocacy and advisory firm, Jan. 2015-Dec. 2016.  Assistant wedding coordinator at Stella and Company, Aug.-Dec. 2014; and marketing associate at Wealthview Capital, LLC, July-Dec. 2014.  B.S. in hospitality administration/management from University of Mississippi, 2014.

Director of Special Projects-Finance (Trump Victory Liaison)  Tyler Lane

(Mar. 2018)  Previously assistant to the RNC finance director, Feb. 2017-Feb. 2018.  Data director (Aug.-Nov. 2016) and field director (May-Nov. 2016) on The Grassley Committee (IA).  Social media coordinator on Sandy Senn for Senate (SC), Jan.-Mar. 2016.  Field representative for CARLY for America in Upstate South Carolina, Sept. 2015-Feb. 2016.  B.S. in political science from Clemson University, 2016.

Fundraising Coordinator  Quinnlan Ayres

(Aug. 2017)  Previously digital marketing assistant and digital intern at the RNC.  Degree in interpersonal communication from Michigan State University, 2017.


CFO/Director of Administration  Robert Owens, CPA

(Sept. 2014)  Chief financial officer and executive vice president of finance and administration at Cassidy & Associates Inc, from June 2001.   Regional controller/CFO at Weber Shandwick-CMG, June 2005-June 2007.  Senior vice president of operations and finance at Powell Tate, March 1998-June 2001.  Director of finance at Hill & Knowlton, July 1996-March 1998.  Vice president of finance and administration at Hoffman Morrison & Fitzgerald, 1995-96.  Financial advisor at American Express Financial Advisors, 1994-95.  Director of finance for the National Victims Center, 1993-94.  Audit manager at Hoffman, Dykes & Fitzgerald, 1998-93.  Audit senior at Aronson & Company 1985-88.  B.B.A. from The College of William and Mary 1985.

Chief Accounting Officer ???

...Steve Corder to March 2017

Controller  Meghon Thompson, CPA

(March 2017)  Previously worked in California and earlier in Yuma, Arizona.  Senior accountant at Synthetic Genomics in La Jolla, CA, July 2015-Feb. 2017.  Accounting manager at Carling Communications, Nov. 2014-July 2015.  Controller at Keithly-Williams Seeds, Dec. 2012-Oct. 2014.  Financial accountant at Yuma Regional Medical Center, Feb.-Dec. 2012.  Accounting contractor in Yuma, Sept. 2011-Feb. 2012.  Accountant at NFF, LLC in Yuma, May 2009-Sept. 2011.  Accountant at Gray & Terkelsen, PLLC in Yuma, Aug. 2005-May 2009.  Studied accounting and financial management at the Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University; bachelor's in accounting from University of Phoenix, 2005.

Accounting Manager  Alyshia Allison

(March 2017)  Senior accountant (Jan. 2015-March 2017) and senior staff accountant (Sept. 2012-March 2017) at Tate & Tryon, CPAs & Consultants.  B.S. in business administration and accounting from Liberty University, 2012.

FEC Compliance  Gordon Schoepfle

(started doing compliance for the RNC in 1989)  Consultant with PC Group in McLean, VA since 1983.  B.A. in economics from Ohio Wesleyan University, 1976.

Chief Human Resources Officer  Tinna Jackson 

(Nov. 2017)  Previously RNC director of human resources and deputy director of the administration division from March 2015.  Director of administration at Equal Justice Works, July 2013-Mar. 2015).  Executive administrator for the Entertainment Software Association and Aegis Defense Services, Feb. 2012-July 2013.  Deputy chief of staff (Oct. 2007-July 2011) and director of administration, executive assistant (Feb. 2001-May 2007) to U.S. Sen. John Ensign.  Assistant to the managing partner and office scheduler at Ball Janik LLP.  B.A. In management from National Louis University.

MEMBER Services

Director of Member Services  Emily (Keech) Threadgill

(April 2017)  Executive director of the Republican Secretaries of State Committee, RSLC, from April 2015.  Manager of government relations at LEVICK, Sept. 2014-Mar. 2015.  Deputy director of Member Services under Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Jan. 2012-July 2014; and staff assistant in the Office of the Majority Leader, Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012.  Graduate of Rollins College, 2010.

Deputy Director of Member Services  Mariana Herrera

(June 2017)  Finance coordinator at The Larrison Group, Sept. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Executive assistant/scheduler of the Office of the Co-Chairman at the RNC, June 2014-Sept. 2015.  B.A. in government and world affairs from University of Tampa, 2014.

Member Services Coordinator  Callie Estes

Experience includes public relations manager (March-May 2016) and account executive (Aug. 2015-May 2016) for Roxo.  B.S. in strategic communication from Texas Christian University, 2016.


Chief Counsel  John Phillippe

(July 2009)  Counsel to the McDonnell for Governor campaign in mid-2009. Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, Dec. 2005-March 2009. J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, 2005; undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996.

Deputy Counsel  Christina Schaengold

(June 2015 initially associate counsel)  Manager of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Dec. 2012-June 2015.  J.D. from George Mason School of Law, 2012; B.A. in political science and government from University of Florida, 2009.

Associate Counsel  Nathan Groth

(April 2017)  Started at the RNC as a law clerk, May 2016-April 2017.  Associate counsel for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee, Nov. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Law clerk in the Office of the Legal Counsel for Gov. Scott Walker, Jan.-May 2016.  Law clerk on Scott Walker, Inc. May-Sept. 2015.  Site specialist Pfizer/Thermo Fisher Scientific, Jan. 2012-June 2013.  J.D. from Marquette University Law School, 2016; B.A. in government from Lawrence University, 2011.

Director of Speical Projects  Zach Walz

(June 2017)  Staff to U.S. House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, Sept. 2016-June 2017.  Legislative correspondent and scheduler and executive assistant to U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt (VA), April-Sept. 2016; staff assistant in the U.S. House, Dec. 2015-April 2016.  Strategic account executive at Concert Technologies, Dec. 2014-Aug. 2015.  B.A. in political science from Virginia Tech, 2014.

2018 Summer Meeting - Austin, TX (Fairmont Austin), July 18-20, 2018 (+).
2018 Spring Meeting
- Miami, FL (Trump National Doral Miami), May 2-5, 2018 (+).
2018 Winter Meeting
- Washington, DC (Washington Hilton), Jan. 31-Feb. 3, 2018 (report).
2017 Summer Meeting
- Nashville, TN (Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center), Aug. 23-25, 2017 (+).
2017 Spring Meeting - San Diego, CA (Hotel  del Coronado), May 10-13, 2017 (+).
2017 Winter Meeting
- Washington, DC (Omni Shoreham Hotel), Jan. 17-21, 2017 (+).

separate from the RNC but closely aligned, also see:
Donald J. Trump for President Committee
Campaign Manager  Brad Parscale
(announced Feb. 27, 2018)  Digital director on Trump's 2016 campaign.  President of Giles-Parscale, based in San Antonio, TX from Sept. 2011; owner of Perscale Media from Sept. 2005.  Politico reports he "has worked for years with the Trumps building websites for their real estate enterprises."  B.S. in business finance, international business, economics from Trinity University, 1999.  twitter

White House Department of Political Affairs
Political Director  Bill Stepien
(announced Jan. 2017)  Served as national field director on the Trump campaign in fall 2016 (reported by the New York Times on Aug. 26, 2016).  Executive director of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno's Building a Better New Jersey Together from April 2016.  Sales and strategy at FLS Connect.  Gov. Christie had tabbed Stepien to become chair of the NJGOP, but cut ties with him due to the "Bridgegate" scandal.  Campaign manager on Gov. Christie's 2013 re-election campaign from April-Nov. 2013.  Deputy chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie.  Campaign manager on Chris Christie's campaign for governor in 2009.  National field director on John McCain's presidential campaign from July 2008, after starting as regional campaign manager for NY and NJ from April 2008.  National field director on Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign (announced Feb. 14, 2007).  National 72-Hour director at the RNC in 2005-06.  New Hampshire state field director for President Bush's re-election campaign in 2004.  In 2003, Stepien managed Bill Baroni's State Assembly campaign (New Jersey’s only successful Republican State Assembly challenger campaign).  He has also worked for Public Opinion Strategies, the Republican polling firm, and on Bob Franks’ 2000 campaign for U.S. Senate and Anthony Bucco's 1997 campaign for State Senate.


Digital Department Coordinator  Chad Banghart   ...April 2018, regional political director for Gov. Charlie Baker (MA)

(June 2017)  Started as the chairwoman's administrative/scheduling intern, Jan.-May 2017.  B.A. in political science, pre-law from Michigan State University, 2017; transferred from Lansing Community College.  twitter

Copywriter  Ashley Lowerre   ...Feb. 2018; digital director Adam Putnam for Governor (FL)

(Feb. 2017)  Digital coordinator for 58th PIC, Dec. 2016-Jan. 2017.  Digital coordinator, client strategy at Targeted Victory, Jan.-Dec. 2016.  B.A. in public relations from Iona College, 2015.

Regional Political Coordinator  Maha Nafees   ...Feb. 2018

(April 2017)  Regional field coordinator (Mar.-Nov. 2016) and political coordinator (Mar.-Aug. 2016) for the North Carolina Republican Party.  Regional field organizer on Donald Trump for President, Inc., Nov. 2015-Mar. 2016.  NC field associate with Americans for Prosperity, May-Sept. 2015.

Regional Political Coordinator  Kenneth Callahan III   ...Jan. 2018, to special assistant at HHS

(April 2017)  Director of political and field operations for Republican Party of Wisconsin/Mike Gallagher for Congress, Sept.-Dec. 2016.  Delegate services assistant with the 2016 Republican National Convention, Mar.-Aug. 2016.  Direct marketing manager for the NRCC, July 2015-Mar. 2016.  Legislative correspondent in the U.S. House, Jan.-June 2015; staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Joyce, Aug. 2013-April 2015.  Bachelor's degree in politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University, 2013.

Finance Chairman  Steve Wynn Jan 27, 2018; resigned due to sexual harrassment allegations

(announced Jan. 31, 2017)  CEO and chairman of the board of Wynn Resorts.  B.A. in English literature from University of Pennsylvania.

Western Director/Deputy Director of Faith Engagement  Bob Crawford   ...Jan. 2018; joined Project H.O.O.D.

(Jan. 2014 - Chicago)  Political and management consultant (The Crawford Group) in Chicago, Feb. 2012-Jan. 2014.  Director of conservative outreach for the Ohio Republican Party/Romney for President, June-Nov. 2012.  National field representative (March-April 2012) and Alabama state director (Feb.-March 2012) on Rick Santorum for President.  Volunteer coordinator and faith coalition coordinator on Rick Perry for President in Des Moines, IA and Greenville, SC, Sept. 2011-Jan. 2012.  Previously worked in realty.  Graduate of University of Iowa, 1987.

Political Training Director  Benjamin Mitchell Dec. 2017

(April 2017)  RNC New Hampshire state director, June 2015-Dec. 2016. Deputy Victory director for the Republican Party of Arkansas, June 2014-Feb. 2015.  Campaign manager on Corey Stapleton for U.S. Congress (MT), March-June 2014.  Political director on Don Huffines for Texas Senate, Dec. 2013-Mar. 2014.  Associate at Axiom Strategies, Oct.-Dec. 2013.  Campaign manager on Jones for Speaker (MO), June-Sept. 2013.  Statewide field director on Dan Winslow for Senate (MA), Mar.-May 2013.  Deputy campaign manager on Chip Limehouse for U.S. Congress (SC), Feb.-Mar. 2013.  Regional Victory director in Fort Myers for Florida Victory, 2012.  Field director on Tisei for Congress, May-June 2012.  B.A. in economics from University of Maine, 2012.

Special Projects Director  Adam Kincaid   ...Nov. 2017, founded Cornerstone Solutions, LLC

(April 2013...turnout estimates, vote goals, precinct prioritization)  National data director (May 2012-March 2013). Southeast regional political director (Sept. 2011-Sept. 2012) and redistricting coordinator (Feb. 2011-Aug. 2012) at the NRCC.  Director of policy and research and deputy political director at the RGA, Jan. 2007-Jan. 2011.  Voter programs director at the Georgia Republican Party, Sept. 2005-Dec. 2006.  Attended law school at the College of William and Mary, 2012-13; M.P.A. from the University of Georgia, 2006; B.A. in history and religion from Florida State University, 2003.

Director of Faith Engagement  Chad Connelly  ...reported by AP's Steve Peoples on Oct. 27, 2017

(July 2013)  Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party May 2011-June 2013.  A senior advisor to Jeff Duncan's successful 2010 campaign for Congress in South Carolina's 3rd CD.  Candidate for SC State Senate in 2003 special election.  Owner of Freedom Tide since 2002.  President of Connelly Enterprises, Dec. 1990-June 2003.  Worked for Professional Service Industries for almost eight years.  B.S. in civil engineering from Clemson University, 1985.  twitter

Chief Digital Officer  Samantha Osborne   ...Oct. 2017; founder of Battle Rhythm Strategies

(announced Mar. 17, 2017)  RNC deputy digital director from Aug. 2016.  Digital director for the Committee on Arrangements of the 2016 Republican National Convention from Sept. 2015.  Director of client strategy at Targeted Victory, June-Aug. 2015.  Director of account strategy at Prosper Group, Feb. 2014-June 2015.  Digital manager at GolinHarris, April 2013-Feb. 2014.  National deputy digital field director at Romney for President, Oct. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Campaign manager on Kim Simac for Senate in Wisconsin, June-Aug. 2011.  B.A. in political science and history from The Ohio State University, 2009.  twitter

Political Data Analyst  Philip Jarvis    ...Oct. 2017; senior data analyst Majority Strategies

(Jan. 2015)  Data director for the Arkansas Republican Party, Oct. 2013-Dec. 2014.  District representative (May 2012-Sept. 2013) and scheduler/office manager (Jan. 2011-Aug. 2012) to U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin (AR).  Victory field director for Republican Party of Arkansas, May-Nov. 2010.  B.S. in political science from Wheaton College, 2009.

Director of Women's Engagement  Cheyenne Foster   ...Sept. 2017, senior associate at Axiom Strategies from Oct.

(Mar. 2017)  Previously director of operations in the Office of the Co-Chair at the RNC, Aug. 2015-Mar. 2017.  Scheduler on Rand Paul for President, Mar.-June 2015.  Scheduler for U.S Rep. Tom Price (GA), Mar. 2014-Mar. 2015.  Staff assistant toe U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (GA), May 2013-Mar. 2014.  Political operative for the Faith & Freedom Coalition in Duluth, GA, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Bachelor's degree in international relations from Wesleyan College, 2012.  twitter

Press Assistant  Jake Wilkins  ...Sept. 2017 to deputy press secretary at USDA

(Mar. 2017)  Account executive at Shirley and Banister Public Affairs, Sept. 2016-Mar. 2017.  Finance assistant on Rand Paul for U.S. Senate, June-Sept. 2016.  M.P.S. in political management from The George Washington University, 2017; B.A. in political science from Pensacola Christian College, 2016.  Originally from Oregon.  twitter

Chief of Staff  Sara Armstrong  ...resignation reported Aug. 31, 2017 by Politico; to vice president of political affairs and federation relations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

(announced Jan. 24, 2017)  CEO of the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee.  Vice president of the RNC 2016 Committee on Arrangements, announced June 2015.  COO at the RNC from April 2013; deputy chief of staff at the RNC from April 2011-April 2013; director of membership services at the RNC in the 2010 cycle; started in March 2009.  Worked at the White House from June 2002 to Jan. 2009.  Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to First Lady Laura Bush, July 2007-Jan. 2009; Director of the Visitors Office, March 2004-July 2007; Deputy Director of Correspondence for the First Lady, Dec. 2002-March 2004; Correspondence Analyst, June 2002-Dec. 2002.  Sales/marketing manager at GMAC, 1999-2001.  Retail services officer at BBT, 1994-97.  M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina, 1999; B.S. in marketing from the University of South Carolina, 1994.

Chief Data Officer  Jesse Kamzol late July 2017

(announced Jan. 28, 2015) Deputy data director in the 2014 cycle; deputy strategy director from April 2012; list development director, May 2010-April 2012; and voter registration coordinator/election data analyst, May 2008-May 2010.  Legislative assistant at Kessler and Associates, June 2007-May 2008.  Field staffer at Vern Buchanan for Congress, May-Nov. 2006.  B.A. in economics and political science from University of Michigan, 2007.

Deputy Chief Data Officer  Liam O'Rourke late July/ea. August

Previously worked on voter file development, as election data coordinator, and as a data analyst; started at the RNC in June 2009  B.A. in government from Georgetown University, 2009.

Director of Business Intelligence [Data Visualization]  Patrick C. Stewart late July/ea. August; to a vp at Red Oak Strategic

(July 2015)  Business development manager at Nabell USA, Oct. 2013-Feb. 2015.  Client support and software QA manager (May-Sept. 2013) and RNC data connect support technician at FLS Connect, April 2012-May 2013.  Data director for the Republican Party of Iowa, Dec. 2010-March 2012; data coordinator for the Iowa Victory Campaign, May-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010.

Director of External Support  Conor Maguire late July/ea. August

Started at the RNC in Dec. 2011 working on voter data development.  Campaign manager on John Barsa for Delegate, Fall 2011.  Deputy campaign manager on Mara 2011 in mid-2011.  Connecticut Victory Director, 2010-11.  W. Mass. field director on Scott Brown for U.S. Senate.  Victory field director for Northern Colorado in Fall 2008.  Undergraduate degree from Villanova University, 2009.

Director of Political Data Support  Ashley Burns late July/ea. August

(2015)  Director of client services at GOP Data Trust, April 2014-April 2015; also senior analyst for Causeway Solutions, LLC from April 2014.  Strategy division at the RNC, June 2012-2014.  Data director (Jan.-June 2012) and IT coordinator (May 2011-Jan. 2012) for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.  B.A. in political science and Spanish from University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011.

Chief Accounting Officer  Steve Corder, CPA, CGMA, and MBA ...March 2017 to director of finance at the Hudson Institute

(Aug. 2013)  Senior director of business operations at Citizenlink, May-Aug. 2013.  CFO at Americans for Prosperity Foundation, Jan. 2011-April 2013.  Executive director of finance at Focus on the Family, Dec. 1997-May 2010.  B.S.B.A. in management and M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver, 1982.