Biden General Election Campaign Organization, Arizona
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press releases   |   Sept. 25 memo

State Director  Jessica Mejia

(reported by on June 19, 2020)  State director on Biden's California primary campaign (announced Oct. 28, 2019).  Western regional director at EMILY's List.  Western state regional director during the primary campaign on Hillary for America from Apr. 2015.  Southern regional organizing director at Ready for Hillary super PAC.  Campaign manager on Anthony Rendon for California State Assembly.  Campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez's 2010 re-election campaign.  Field director on Judy Chu for Congress.  Field director for Ricardo Lara for Assembly (CA).  Statewide Get-Out-The-Vote director for the California Democratic Party “Yes We Can! California ’08” campaign.  Deputy director of political affairs for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee.  State field director for Hillary Clinton for President in Colorado.  Volunteer coordinator for Barbara Boxer for U.S. Senate, 2004.  Midwest deputy regional field director for the DNC, 2004. Attended California Lutheran University.  Los Angeles native.  Experience also includes working as an organizer for SEIU 1928.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Andrew Piatt

(reported by on June 19, 2020)   Campaign manager on Krysten Sinema's 2018 run for U.S. Senate.  Deputy political director at the DSCC in 2016.  Southern regional political director at the DCCC, announced Feb. 2013 and into 2016; worked for the DCCC's IE in 2012.  Experience also includes campaign manager on U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer's (MI) unsuccessful 2010 re-election bid.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Toni Cani

(announced July 14, 2020)  Campaign manager and general consultant on No on Props 105 & 106 - Invest in PHX, Apr.-Aug. 2019.  Campaign manager on Kate Gallego for Phoenix Mayor, Jan.-Mar. 2019.  Political director for ACLU of Arizona, Sept. 2017-Dec. 2018.  Senior policy advisor to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Aug. 2016-Sept. 2017.  Aide to Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, Jan. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Founder and executive director of Inspire Arizona, Feb. 2013-Dec. 2014.  National political director (June 2011-July 2012) and deputy national political director (Feb. 2010-June 2011) at the Sierra Club.  Tennessee state director (Apr. 2009-Feb. 2010) and field director (Jan.-Apr. 2009) for SEIU Change that Works Campaign.  National political director for Young Democrats of America, Aug. 2006-Dec. 2008.   Non-traditional campaigns director for the Arizona Democratic Party, 2004-06.  National director of strategy and resources on Generation Dean at Dean for America, June 2003-Feb. 2004.   Program director at Westlaw/BarBri National Student Leadership Foundation, June 1997-Aug. 2002. B.S. in political science from Arizona State University.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Jacob Smith

(announced July 14, 2020)  Early states director on Gillibrand 2020, May-Aug. 2019.  Arizona Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign director, Mar. 2018-Mar 2019.  Campaign manager on Kriseman for Mayor of St. Petersburg, Mar.-Nov. 2017.  Michigan organizing director on Hillary for America, June-Nov. 2016; started on the campaign as a regional organizing director in New Hampshire in April 2015, then in Maine and Illinois; and organizing director in Indiana and Northern California.  Field director on Alex Sink for Congress, Dec. 2013-March 2014.  Field director on Rick Kriseman for Mayor of St. Petersburg, April-Nov. 2013.  Regional field director for Organizing for America in Sarasota, FL.  Field director on Thomas Hawkins for City Commission, Dec. 2010-March 2011.  B.A. in political science from University of Florida, 2011; interned on Obama's campaign in Florida, Sept.-Nov. 2008.   twitter

Political Director  Cynthia Aragon

(announced July 14, 2020)  Chief of staff the the AZ House of Representatives Democratic Caucus from Dec. 2016.  Community and constituent liaison, research analyst, policy advisor in the Arizona House, Dec. 2008-Nov. 2016. Project coordinator on youth get out the vote project for Mi Familia Vota/NALEO Educational Fund, Oct.-Nov. 2008.  Campaign coordinator at Protect Arizona's Freedom Coalition, July-Oct. 2008.  Community outreach director/consultant on behalf of UFCW, July 2007-Oct. 2008.  State administrator at SEIU Local 5 AZ, July 2004-June 2007.  M.B.A. from University of Arizona, 2017; bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Arizona State University, 2012; A.A. in business management from Phoenix College, 20007.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Fernando Quiroz

(announced Aug. 10, 2020)  Chairman of Arizona Interagency Farmworkers Coalition, a non-profit organization.

Coalitions Director  Cymone Bolding

(announced Aug. 10, 2020)  Co-executive director of Arizona Coalition for Change (from Jan. 2016) and Our Voice Our Vote Arizona (from July 2018).  Candidate for Phoenix City Council, Feb.-Apr. 2020.  Chief of staff to Phoenix City Council District 8 July-Dec. 2019.  Luveen Village Planning Commissioner, July 2017-July 2018.  Studied business administration, marketing, management at Northern Arizona University.  twitter

Deputy Coalitions Director  Teresa Acuña

(announced Aug. 10, 2020)  Associate director of the Democratic Governance Program at Harvard University’s Ash Center from July 2017.  Director of policy and leadership programs at National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, 2015-16.  Legislative director to U.S. Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, 2013-15.  Legislative representative for the California Special Districts Association, 2012-13.  Legislative director to California Assemblyman Luis Alejo, 2011-12.  Legislative aide and fellow to California Sen. Gilbert Cedillo, 2008-10.  M.P.A. from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government; studied political science at San Diego State University.  twitter

Latino Vote Director  Larry Sandigo

(announced Aug. 10, 2020)  Director of outreach, policy advisor and counsel to U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton from Feb. 2019.  Pro bono managing attorney (Feb. 2017-Jan. 2019) pro bono mentor-children's program (July 2016-Feb. 2017) and staff attorney-children's program at Florence Immigrant& Refugee Rights Project.Associate attorney at the Thomas Law Firm in Phoenix, Aug. 2013-Aug. 2015.  Associate attorney at Masferrer & Associates in Boston, Aug. 2012-July 2013.  Fellow at the Post Deportation Human Rights Project, Aug. 2011-May 2012.  J.D. from Boston College Law School, 2011; B.A. from Baylor University, 2008.  twitter

Digital Organizing Director  Michael Ramirez

(announced Aug. 10, 2020)  Arizona field director (Feb.-Apr. 2020) and Nevada deputy field director (June 2019-Feb. 2020) on Bernie 2020.  Campaign manager on Julie Gonzalez for Colorado, Nov. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Production coordinator at Fresca Foods Inc., Apr. 2017-Jan. 2018.  Colorado field coordinator for Mi Familia Vota, July-Nov. 2016.  National Latino outreach strategist (Jan.-Apr. 2016), Colorado constituency outreach coordinator (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and field organizer (Jan.-Feb. 2016) on Bernie 2016.  La Raza Youth Leadership Institute Co-Chair (Feb. 2014-Jan. 2016) and youth case manager (Aug. 2013-Jan. 2016) at Servicios de La Raza, Inc..  Policy fellow to Colorado State Rep. Leroy Garcia, Jan.-June 2013.  Studied political science at University of Colorado Boulder.  twitter

Communications Director  Geoff Burgan

(announced July 14, 2020)  National communications director for Organizing Together 2020.  Iowa communications director on Beto for America, Apr.-Nov. 2019.  Senior communications advisor (Sept.-Nov. 2018) and communications director on Andrew Gillum for Governor.  Press secretary to U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Apr. 2015-Jan. 2017.  Deputy communications director for the Louisiana Democratic Party, Nov. 2015.  Communications research manager in the Office of Gov. Martin O'Malley, Nov. 2013-Jan. 2015.  Account executive at Powell Tate, June 2012-Nov. 2013.  Call time manager and personal aide on Rob Garagiola for Congress, Dec. 2011-Apr. 2012.  B.A. in journalism, government and politics from University of Maryland College Park, 2011.  twitter

Press Secretary  Nicole Pasteur

(announced Aug. 10, 2020)  Communications director and policy advisor to U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton from Jan. 2019.  Senior policy advisor in the Office of the Mayor, City of Phoenix, Sept. 2013-Dec. 2018.  Director of communications at Picmonic Inc., June 2012-Sept. 2013.  Fellow at the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, Mar.-May 2013.  M.P.A. in local government, non-profit management (2012) and B.A. in sociology (2010) from University of Arizona.  twitter

Coordinated Campaign
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Coordinated Director  Emma Brown

(Jan. 2020)  Deputy campaign manager on Mark Kelly's U.S. Senate campaign, Jan. 2019-Jan. 2020.  Campaign manager on Betsy Dirksen Londrigan for Congress (IL), July-Nov. 2018.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary for Hispanic Media  Luz Jimenez

(Aug. 2020)  Hispanic marketing special events manager and Latino social media manager for Turf Paradise Latino Events & Social Media from Sept. 2005.  Director of communications for Arizona Ready, Mar.-Aug. 2020.  Engagement manager for University of Arizona College of Medicine research program.  Multicultural outreach coordinator for Celerion, June 2016-Dec. 2017.  Multicultural initiatives manager at H&R Block in Phoenix, June 2014-May 2016.  Multicultural community relations coordinator for Donor Network of Arizona, Jan. 2012-June 2014.  Promotions and sales assistant at Entravision Communications, Aug. 2010-Jan. 2012.  Bilingual intake representative/Hispanic marketing at Law Offices of Lerner & Rowe P.C., Mar. 2008-July 2010.  B.A. in Spanish and communications from Arizona State University, 2006.  twitter

Arizona Democratic Party  |  fb/AZDemParty  |  @azdemparty

Chairwoman  Felecia Rotellini

(elected late Jan. 2018)  Director of regulatory compliance for DriveTime from Jan. 2015.  Democratic nominee for Arizona Attorney General in 2014 and 2010.  Attorney at Zwillinger Greek Zwillinger & Knecht, PC, Oct. 2009-Dec. 2014.  Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions, 2005-09.  Assistant Attorney General, 1992-2005.  J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, 1986; B.S. degrees in history, political science from Rocky Mountain College, 1981.  twitter

Executive Director  Herschel Fink

(started early 2017 as interim)   twitter

Chief of Staff  Kelly Paisley

Political Director  Quiana Dickenson

Operations Director  Barb Lubin

Communications Director  Matt Grodsky  twitter

Director of Party Affairs  Mary Darling

Finance Director  Mandi Karp

Human Resources Director  Comesha Cunningham

Deputy Political Director  Franny Sharpe

Voter File Manager  Chris Kurent

Latinx Communications Manager  Julio Espinoza

Communications Fellow  Madeleine Mantsch

Finance Assistant  David Huff

Native American Outreach Manager  Rachel Hood

African American Outreach Manager  Michael Ruff

Administrative Assistant  Michele Fisher