NOVEMBER 2, 2017
Contact: Chris Hayden 

Senate Majority PAC Announces Senior Staff for 2018 Cycle

Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2017) – Senate Majority PAC today announced its senior staff for the 2018 election cycle.

“We have assembled a first-rate team at Senate Majority PAC to combat 2018’s challenging Senate map,” said J.B. Poersch, President of Senate Majority PAC. “This team gives us the best chance to move towards a Senate majority by defending our incumbents and flipping seats.”

Diana Astiz serves as Research Director. Last cycle, Astiz worked as Research Director for Katie McGinty’s Pennsylvania Senate campaign. Astiz also served as Research Director on Jack Conway’s Kentucky gubernatorial campaign in 2015. Prior to that she was the Southern regional researcher and rapid response coordinator at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in the 2012 and 2014 cycles.

Angelique Cannon Harris serves as National Finance Director. Last cycle, Cannon Harris served as the Deputy National Finance Director Mid-Atlantic Region for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prior to that, she was the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s National Finance Director for the 2012 and 2014 election cycles. Cannon Harris’ extensive political finance experience extends back to her work as National Finance Director for Mark Warner’s 2008 Senate campaign, Major Gifts Director for EMILY’s List and Development Director for Third Way.

Chris Hayden serves as as Communications Director. Most recently Hayden served as the Communications Director at Center For American Progress Action Fund. In the 2016 cycle, Hayden was Communications Director on Jason Kander’s Senate campaign. Prior to that he worked on Senator Kay Hagan’s 2014 re-election effort and Senator Claire McCaskill’s 2012 victory.

Alex Katz serves as a Senior Advisor in New York. Previously, Katz spent four years on Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer’s Senate staff, serving in a variety of roles in New York and on Capitol Hill – including Special Assistant, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Senior Aide and Speechwriter in Schumer’s leadership office. Prior to that Katz worked in New York City Hall for Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Alexandra Shapiro serves as Deputy National Finance Director. Shapiro served as Mid-Atlantic Finance and PAC Director at the Democratic National Committee for three years before working for Hillary Victory Fund’s Mid-Atlantic Finance team in 2016. Prior to that Shapiro served as a Regional Finance Director for Governor McAuliffe’s 2013 victory and as a member of the Candidate Services team at the DCCC for the 2012 cycle.

Pamela Stamoulis serves as as Senate Majority PAC’s first ever Digital Director, developing and coordinating cutting-edge digital campaign efforts to mobilize voters across the country. Stamoulis most recently worked at a top New York State political firm executing major local, state, and national issue-advocacy and electoral campaigns on behalf of political, corporate, and non-profit clients. Stamoulis’ work has been featured in major news publications, and she was named one of NYC’s “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” by City&State in 2016.

About Senate Majority PAC
Senate Majority PAC is the only super PAC dedicated to winning the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. Senate Majority PAC organizes comprehensive independent expenditure (IE) campaigns to support Democratic Senators and candidates. Our campaigns start with cutting-edge data & analytics and intensive research, and span activities that range from television advertising, radio, digital, and mail, to voter turnout. We coordinate with Democratic allies to ensure that every dollar is spent efficiently and effectively to protect our candidates in the face of the GOP’s extremist right-wing cash advantage.


March 6, 2017

Charlie Patterson
Erin Grandstaff


WASHINGTON, DC — The Senate Majority PAC (SMP) announced today that, effective immediately, J.B. Poersch will come aboard as full-time President, overseeing all activities of the super PAC.

“Senate Majority PAC has helped elect Democrats to the Senate for six years,” said Poersch. “This mission is more important than ever if Democrats are going to have necessary numbers to fight the Trump agenda. We need a comprehensive IE effort that includes television, digital and grassroots effort to combat the GOP’s ‘dark money’ cash advantage.”

For the last six years at SKDKnickerbocker, Poersch created ads and consulted on races for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Democratic Governors Association, and House Majority PAC. While at SKDKnickerbocker, Poersch also served as a SMP strategist and adviser.

Poersch served as executive director of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee from 2005-2010. Under then DSCC Chairman Chuck Schumer, he helped lead Democrats to a takeover of the Senate in 2006 and achieved a 60-vote supermajority in 2008. While managing the $150 million senatorial party committee for six years, Poersch helped elect 20 new senators and played a critical role in ensuring success in many Senate incumbent races.

The Senate Majority PAC is the only super PAC dedicated to winning the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate. Founded in 2012, SMP organizes comprehensive independent expenditure (IE) campaigns to support Democratic Senators and candidates—and push back against the massive IE spending from right-wing groups financed by the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove’s network, and others. SMP also coordinates Democratic allies to ensure that every dollar is spent efficiently to protect candidates in the face of the GOP’s “dark money” cash advantage.

Susan McCue and Rebecca Lambe, original founders of SMP, will continue at SMP, remaining as Senior Advisors, a vital part of the program that SMP provides.

Bill Knapp, Managing Director of SKDKnickerbocker’s political and campaign division, said, “we wish J.B. all the best – personally and professionally because we know that his dedication to a Democratic Senate Majority has been a driving force of his career and one we wholeheartedly support. I am fortunate to head a group of the party’s leading consultants like Jennifer Cunningham, Bill Burton, Karen Olick, Julie Norton, and Doug Thornell, and our award-winning creative team, who will continue to offer the best strategic and communications strategies for winning campaigns going forward.”

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President  J.B. Poersch
(March 2017)  Managing director at SKD Knickerbocker, 2011-Feb. 2017.  Executive director at the DSCC, Dec. 2004-Jan. 2010.  Ohio state director for the Kerry-Edwards campaign.  Ran Sen. Jack Reed’s (RI) Washington, DC office for fourteen years starting after his election to the U.S. House in 1990 and continuing with him to the Senate.  Directed Ohio Democrats' Coordinated Campaign in 2000.  Campaign manager on Scotty Baesler’s 1998 U.S. Senate campaign in Kentucky (narrowly lost to Jim Bunning).  Regional political director at the DCCC in the 1990 cycle. Worked for the National Association of Letter Carriers.  In 1987 he joined the presidential campaign of then-Sen. Al Gore; he co-managed the campaign in Wyoming during the primaries.  Started his career in the Washington office of Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (NY).  Graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island.  twitter