Organization of Bennet for America - Staff, Advisors and Supporters
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Bennet for America

(page updated November 10, 2019)

Headquarters: Denver, CO  |  FEC
announced May 2, 2019.
michaelbennet.com  |  @MichaelBennet
Aug. 23, 2019 memo "State of the Race" [PDF]  |   press releases on staff


Candidate  Michael Bennet  timeline

wife  Susan Daggett  twitter


Campaign Manager  Daniel Barash

Regional political director for expansion districts at the DCCC in 2018.  Deputy director of opinion research on Hillary for America, Jan.-Dec. 2016.  Campaign manager on Ginny Deerin for Mayor, Feb-Dec. 2015.  Political desk - independent expenditure at the DCCC, March-Dec. 2014.  Associate at Murphy Vogel Askew Reilly, LLC, Feb. 2012-March 2014  Communications director on Julie Menin for Manhattan Borough President, June-Sept. 2013.  Special assistant to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Dec. 2010-June 2011.  Communications/research assistant on David Weprin for Congress, 2011  Political assistant at the DCCC, June-Dec. 2010.  Research fellow at Atlas Project, May-Aug. 2009.  Field organizer in Ames, Iowa on John Edwards for President, June 2007-Jan. 2008.  Degree in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University, 2010; served as president of JHU College Democrats.  twitter


Senior Advisor  Craig Hughes

Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions, managing the firmís Colorado operation from April 2013.  Hughes has worked on or consulted for campaigns in over twenty states.  Managing director at RBI Strategies; started working at RBI in 1987 as an intern. Senior advisor on Obama's 2012 campaign in Colorado.  Managed Bennetís Senate campaign, 2009-10.  Senior advisor on Obamaís 2008 campaign in Colorado.  Eastern political director in the Clinton White House, 1998-2000.   One of the earliest staff members hired for the Clinton for President campaign in 1991, and subsequently worked for both Clinton/Gore campaigns as well as the Democratic National Committee.  twitter


Senior Advisor  Jim Jordan

Worked with Shorr Johnson Magnus in 2010.  Managed the DSCC's 2008 I.E. campaign.   Senior advisor to Sen. Chris Dodd's 2007-08 presidential campaign.  Part-time senior advisor to Mark Warner's Forward Together PAC.  Partner at Westhill Partners.  Founder, principal at Thunder Road Group, where he directed research, political and communications strategy for America Coming Together and The Media Fund.  Campaign manager on Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign for 11 months to Nov. 2003.  Executive director (2002 cycle) and political director (May 1999-Dec. 2000) at the DSCC.  Communications director for Sen. John Kerry (MA), Jan.-May 1999.  Spokesman for Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee during the 1998 impeachment hearings of President Clinton and for Democrats on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee during the 1997 campaign finance investigation.  Communications director for Sen. Robert Torricelli (NJ) in 1997.  Press secretary for Tim Johnson's (SD) successful campaign for U.S. Senate in 1996.  Did non-profit fundraising.  Press secretary to Rep. David Price (NC-4), Jan. 1987-88.   J.D. from University of North Carolina law school, 1986; B.A. from Hampden-Sydney College.  Originally from Winston-Salem, NC.

POLITICAL

Director of Ballot Access/Delegate Strategy and Deputy National Political Director  Joel Kabourek

(June 24, 2019 tweet)  Executive director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, Aug. 2015-June 2019.  Campaign manager on Quick for Colorad, Feb. 2013-Nov. 2014.  Deputy District Attorney in Adams County, CO, Jan. 2013-Apr. 2014.  Finance on Shaffer for Colorado, Aug. -Nov. 2012.  J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, 2012; bachelor's degree in political science from University of Michigan, 2006.  twitter

Educators for Bennet (announced Nov. 5, 2019)


COMMUNICATIONS

National Press Secretary  Shannon Beckham

Communications advisor to Sen. Bennet since Feb. 2017.  Speechwriting and policy associate on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  B.A. in public policy, policy journalism from Duke University, 2016.  twitter

Communications Advisor  Samantha Greene

(May 2019)  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley (CA), June 2017-May 2019; campaign manager on Brownley's re-elect, Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Communications director for the Information and Technology Foundation, June 2015-June 2017.  Part-time consultant (Sept. 2013-May 2015) and communications account manager (June 2010-Aug. 2013) at The Fratelli Group.  M.P.P. from Georgetown University, 2015; B.A. in communications from University of Pennsylvania, 2010.

Press Assistant  Aaron Williams

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Digital Assistant/Content Manager  Emily Murphy

(Sept. 2019)  Web developer and content creator for Corey M Creative in Denver, Nov. 2018-Sept. 2019.  Denver lead organizer for New Era Colorado, July-Nov. 2018.  Field organizer on Cary Kennedy for Governor, Dec. 2017-June 2018.  Business ooperations coordinator with ConnectWise, Mar.-Nov. 2017.  Field organizer in Tampa/St. Pete for the Florida Democratic Party, June-Nov. 2016.  Bachelor's degree in political science and government from University of South Florida, 2015.


POLICY

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SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE

Director of Scheduling and Advance  Mary Bowman

Assistant to the chief of staff and special projects coordinator (July 2017-Aug. 2018), correspondence manager (Feb.-July 2017), staff assistant (Feb. 2016--Feb. 2017) and legislative intern (Oct. 2015-Feb. 2016) to Sen. Bennet.  MsC in global health policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, 2019; bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado College, 2015.


Traveling Deputy Chief of Staff  Alejandro Rosenkranz

Investment analyst at Makene Capital Management, LLC in Menlo Park from Aug. 2018.  Special assistant in the Office of Sen. Michael Bennet, June 2017-June 2018.  B.A. in political science from Stanford University, 2017.



FINANCE

National Finance Director  Jessica Boad

(May 2019)  Owner of Jessica Boad Consulting since July 2015.  Western regional candidate fundraising director, based in Irvine, for the DCCC, Jan.-Dec. 2018.  Finance director on Denny Heck for Congress (WA), June 2013-July 2015.  Finance director for Washington's Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, Feb. 2013-Mar. 2013.  Deputy finance director on Friends of Maria, Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012.  Finance director on Denny Heck for Congress, Mar.-Nov. 2010.

Deputy National Finance Director  Katherine Swarthout

(June 2019)  Finance director on TJ Cox for Congress (CA), June 2018-June 2019.  Finance director on Michael Eggman for Congress (Feb.-June 2018).  Alumni programs officer at The Evergreen State College, Dec. 2015-Feb. 2018.  Development coordinator for Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County, Apr.-Nov. 2015.  Deputy finance director on Denny Heck for Congress, Feb.-Nov. 2014.

Colorado Finance Manager  Parker Fiske

(June 2019)  Deputy finance director on Hancock for Denver from Jan. 2019.  Finance assistan on Tom Malinowski for Congress, Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Degree in political science, English from Trinity College-Hartford, 2018.  twitter

Finance Manager  Shannon Rice

Senior Advisors for Finance  Jill Straus and Tracy Sturman

Straus' experience includes principal/founder (2001) at Straus/Baker; Sturman has worked as a consultant at Golden State Strategies.



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Media Consultant  Dan Sena and Scott Kozar, Sena | Kozar Strategies

Sena served as executive director of the DCCC in the 2018 cycle.  In 2018 Kozar was media consultant to Assistant Speaker, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, and helped on Xochitl Torres Small's congressional campaign in NM.


Pollster  Pete Brodnitz

Founder (2016) of Expedition Strategies.  Previously a partner at Benenson Strategy Group from 2005; AAPC "Pollster of the Year" in 2007.  M.A. in communications from Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, 1992; B.A. in government from Clark University, 1986.


Endorsements

(press releases)
Former Sen. Gary Hart (CO)  ...announced Sept. 7, 2019
Former Gov. Bill Ritter (CO)  ...announced Sept. 10, 2019



IOWA
Headquarters: 8170 Hickman Road, Suite 2, Clive
Iowa City: 209 Scott Court, Iowa City  ...opening Sept. 3 with Susan Daggett and Christie Vilsack

State Director  Brian S. Peters

(announced June 3, 2019)  Campaign manager on Liz Watson's 2018 run for Congress in IN-9 from Nov. 2017. Strategist with BerlinRosen, Aug.-Dec. 2016.  Campaign director with The Baughman Company, Mar. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Executive director of the Arkansas Democratic Senate Caucus, Apr-Dec. 2014.  Fundraising director on Maxey Scherr for U.S. Senate (TX), Jan.-Mar. 2014.  Campaign manager on Jeremy McPike for House of Delegates (VA), June-Nov. 2013.  Fundraising director on Tamika Humphreys for City Council (Harlem, NY), Feb.-Apr. 2013.  Campaign manager on Pat Lang for Congress in OH-15, Apr.-Nov. 2012.  Bachelor of specialized studies, political communication from Ohio University, 2012.  twitter

Political Director  Garrett Stephens

(July 2019)  Legislative correspondent (Apr.-June 2019) and special assistant (Jan. 2018-Mar. 2019) in the Office of Sen. Doug Jones.  Staff on Doug Jones for Senate campaign, May-Dec. 2017.  B.A. in political science from University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2016; president of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, Apr. 2015-Apr. 2016.


Field Director  Camilo Vilaseca

(initially Iowa Caucus director; succeeds Cory Miller)  Experience with Denver Mayor Hancock, State Rep. Bri Brentello, Treasurer Cary Kennedy and O'Brien for Denver School Board.  twitter

Regional Field Directors include

Iowa City  Carson Turner

(July 2019)  Campaign manager (July 2018-Jan. 2019) and communications director (Mar.-July 2018) on Jennifer Vannoy for the People (Murfreesboro, TN).  Bachelor's degree in international relations and affairs from Middle Tennessee State University, 2018.   twitter

Organizers include

Des Moines  Jake D. Silverman

(June 2019)  Debate lead for Kialo from Oct. 2016.  Legislative intern to U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala (FL), Jan.-May 2019.  Deputy field director in Tennessee for Let America Vote, Feb.-Nov. 2018. Legislative intern to U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI), Mar.-May 2018.  Debate instructor for Capstone Educational Group, July-Nov. 2017.  B.A. in politics and psychology from Brandeis University, 2017.  twitter

Des Moines  Madison Butler

[organizer and intern coordinator]  (June 2019)  B.A. in politics and government from University of Missouri-Columbia, 2019.  Internships include U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala (FL), Jan.-May 2019.

Des Moines  Nathaniel Harrison

(Aug. 2019)  Studied at Webster University.

Iowa City  Evan Miller

(Aug. 2019)  Bachelor's degree in political science, government from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2019.

Iowa City  Stephen Morrissey

(Sept. 2019)  Degree in political science and government from Williams College, 2018.

Jason Colella

Co-founder and partner at Viewpoints Consulting LLC in Muskegon, from Jan. 2017.  Field director on Poppy Sias-Hernandez for State Senate (MMuskegon), Feb.-Nov. 2018.  Organizer in Muskegon for the Michigan Coordinated Campaign, Aug.-Nov. 2016.  Deputy campaign manager and communications director on Terry Sabo for State Representative (Muskegon), May-Aug. 2016.  B.A. in political science and history from University of Michigan, 2016.

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Deputy Press Secretary  Mitch Schwartz

(Aug. 2019)  Communications director on Jason Crow for Congress (CO), May-Nov. 2018.  Director (Jan.-May 2018), senior associate (Aug. 2016-Jan. 2018) and associate (Mar. 2015-July 2016) at SKDKnickerbocker.  Press assistant at NextGen Climate, June-Dec. 2014.  Legislative policy analyst with the New York City Council, Nov. 2013-June 2014.  Policy assistant on Christine Quinn for New York, Aug.-Sept. 2013.  B.A. in political science from Kenyon College, 2013.  twitter

Communications Associate  Sarah McCarthy

(Aug. 2019)   Digital intern for Committee on Oversight and Reform, May-July 2019; and press and digital intern for U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Jan.-May 2019.  Communications associate at R Strategy Group, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Communications fellow on Ken Harbaugh for Congress (OH), Aug.-Nov. 2018.  Bachelor's degree in rhetoric and screen studies from Bates College, 2018.  twitter


Steering Committees



NEW HAMPSHIRE

State Director  Zach Marcus

State and local coordinator for End Citizens United, June-Nov. 2018.  Communications director on Friends of Marilyn Mosby (MD), Apr.-June 2018.  Campaign manager on Elizabeth Guzman for Delegate (Dale City), May-June 2017.  Presss officer for NM Senate Democratic Caucus legislative staff (Jan.-Mar. 2017) and caucus idrector for the NM Senate Democratic Caucus, June 2015-Dec. 2016.  Campaign manager on Willie Randall for Delegate (Norfolk, VA), Apr. -Aug. 2015.   Campaign manager on Nyquist for Senate (NH 9th District), Mar.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign manager on Euille for Congress (VA-8), Feb.-Mar. 2014.  Campaign manager on Toni Radler for Delegate (VA-55), June-Nov. 2013.   Operations manager on Susan Hippen for Delegate (VA-210, Mar.-June 2013.  Regional outreach director on John Douglass for Congress (VA-5), June-Nov. 2012.  B.S. in political science and government from William & Mary, 2012.

Deputy Political Director  Brandon Latham

Production associate (Jan.-June 2019) and copy edictor (Aug. -Dec. 2018) at Cell Press (Elsevier).  Academic advisor at Southern New Hampshire University, Dec. 2017-July 2018.  Reporter with the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (Peterborough, NH), May 2016-June 2017.  Substitute teacher at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH, Dec. 2015-June 2016.  Writing consultant, teaching assistant at American University, Aug.-Dec. 2015.  B.A. in communication: journalism from American University, 2015.  twitter

Endorsements

(announced Nov. 6, 2019)
Will Kanteres, a key aide to Hartís campaign and a Manchester business owner and community leader
Lucy Hodder, UNH School of Law Professor & Former Legal Counsel to then-Governor Maggie Hassan
Molly Shaheen, Designer & Entrepreneur
Maria Law, Partner, Rath & Pignatelli
Rick Loeffler, Small Business Owner
Pete Spanos, Democratic Activist
Mike Steinberg, CEO & Founder, Relyco
Meryl Levin, Executive Director, Mill Falls Charter School
Sheridan Brown, Attorney & Conservation Activist
Mary Reudig, Democratic Activist
Kyri Claflin, Retired Professor & Voting Rights Activist
Nancy Vawter, Small Business Owner
Kathie Latham, Nashua Public School Teacher

NEVADA

State Director  Gene Benavidas

(reported by the Nevada Independent's Megan Messerly on Aug. 5, 2019)  Principal at Blue Rock Strategies from Jan. 2012.  Deputy political director/constituency director at For Our Future (Las Vegas), July-Nov. 2016.  Advisor to America's Opportunity Fund (527 PAC founded by Gary Locke/Norm Mineta), Feb. 2007-July 2016.  Senior associate at The Lew Edwards Group, July-Nov. 2012.  Partner at B & A International, LLC, 2004-Jan. 2012.  Principal at Benavides & Associates, 1995-2012.  Owner of Caffe Americana in the Philippines, July 2005-Dec.2008.  Worked for the DNC to prepare for the Nevada Democratic presidential caucus, Jan. 2008.  Project manager at The Saint Consulting Group, 2006-07.  Nevada political director for John Kerry, 2004.  Director of global alliances for MeetWorldTrade, Inc., 1999-2001.  Advance for the Office of the Vice President, 1998-2000.  Advisor to OPIC, 1998.  State director on Clinton-Gore 96.  Writer/advance at The White House, 1993-95.  B.A. in political science, international relations from Cal State Long Beach.  twitter



SOUTH CAROLINA

State Director  Avery Martin

(announced May 28, 2019)  Program manager for the Laurens County Department of Social Services (DSS) office, May 2017-May 2019.  Assistant director for T.E.A.C.H Scholarship, June 2016-May 2017.  Human relations commissioner, appointed by the Greenville County Council, Oct. 2016-Apr. 2019.  Motivational speaker at Bowtie Motivation, Mar. 2007-Jan. 2019.  A senior social worker with the State of South Carolina, Mar. 2014-June 2016.  Associate with United Healthcare Services, Dec. 2010-Apr. 2013.  Extended day teacher in Anderson District Five, Oct. 2010-Dec. 2011.  Advocate with the Julie Valentine Center, Nov. 2009-Mar. 2010.  Interdisciplinary degree in non-profit leadership, child advocacy from University of South Carolina Upstate.  twitter

Operations Director  John Kraljevich

(announced May 28, 2019)  Candidate for House District 26 in 2018 (York County).  Professional numismatist at John Kraljevich Americana.  Graduate of the University of Virginia.  Fort Hill resident.  twitter



Former
Press Assistant  Yessy Anorve-Basoria   ...to Oct. 2019

(July 2019)  Communications officer (Aug. 2018-July 2019) and public affairs intern (May-Aug. 2018) at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.  Bachelor's degrees in mass communication/media studies and public relations, advertising and applied communications from Meredith College, 2019.

Iowa Field Director  Cory Miller

(started as a regional director July-Aug. 2019)  Canvass manager on Dan Feehan for Congress (MN), Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Deputy manager on Duwayne Gregory for Congress (NY), Mar.-June 2018.  Consultant for Rural Connection, May 2017-Mar. 2018.  Field director on Ali Boak for State Senate (NY), July-Nov. 2016.  Deputy research director on Sean Patrick Maloney for Congress, Feb.-Nov. 2014.  Campaign organizer on Jeff Danielson for Iowa Senate, Dec. 2011-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from University of Northern Iowa, 2013.

Iowa Operations Assistant  Margaret Thomson

(Aug. 2019...started as an intern in July 2019)  B.A. in political science and government from Hiigh Point University, 2019.





 


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