Biden General Election Campaign Organization, Florida
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State Director  Jackie Lee

(reported by the Miami Herald on July 6, 2020)  Joined the campaign in Oct. 2019 as senior advisor on Biden's Florida primary campaign.  Founding partner (2009) of JLee Strategies in Orlando.  Progressive partnership and elections advisor for Our Future Florida, 2016.  Florida state director for NextGen Climate Action, 2014-16.  Senior advisor on Obama's 2012 general election campaign in Florida.  Florida lead for Protect Your Care/Know Your Care, May 2011-Apr. 2014.  Executive director of Fair Districts Now campaign in 2010.  General election director on Obama's Campaign for Change in Florida, July-Nov. 2008.  Iowa field director for the John Edwards for President campaign, 2007-08.  Statewide field director for the Florida Democratic Party in 2006.  Florida statewide field director for former Sen. John Edwards’ campaign during the 2004 presidential primary. Delaware State director for the Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities and for Americans United to Protect Social Security.  Field director for the Oklahoma Democratic Coordinated Campaign.  North Central Iowa regional field director for the Edwards for President campaign in 2003-04, and then the campaign's field director in Virginia and Florida.  Worked for the Louisiana Democratic Party during Sen. Mary Landrieu's 2002 run-off campaign.  Managed a field office for the South Dakota Democratic Party during Sen. Tim Johnson's 2002 re-election campaign.  B.A. in international relations from University of Delaware.  Delaware native.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Juan Peñalosa

(announced July 6, 2020)  Executive director of the Florida Democratic Party (see below).


Senior Advisor and Senior Advisor to National Faith Outreach  Karen Andre

(announced July 6, 2020)  President of People First Strategies.  Most recently Florida political director on Organizing Together 2020.  Senior advisor on Gillum for Governor, July-Nov. 2018.  White House liaison to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, July 2014-Jan. 2017.  Labor/management liaison in the Executive Office of the DC Mayor, June 2013-July 2014.  Florida deputy political director on Obama for America, Sept. 2011-Nov. 2012.  Offices of Karen Andre, Aug. 2007-Jan. 2013.  Political director at SEIU, Florida 2006-07.  Community outreach director for Congressman Peter Deutsch, 2003-05.  Legislative assistant in the Florida Senate, 2002-03.  J.D. from Miami University School of Law; B.A. in psychology from Florida International University.  First generation Haitian-American.  twitter


Senior Advisor for Political Engagement  Former Mayor Alvin Brown

(announced Aug. 7, 2020)  Senior advisor with Gray Global Advisors.  Challenged U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (D) in the Aug. 2018 Democratic primary, obtaining just under 40 percent of the vote.  First Black mayor of Jacksonville, 2011-15, lost re-election effort in May 2015.  Executive in residence at Jacksonville University’s Davis School of Business.  Executive director of the Bush/Clinton Katrina Interfaith Fund.  President and CEO of The Willie Gary Classic. Extensive experience in the Clinton administration: staff on the transition; advisor to Commerce Secretary Ron Brown; advisor to HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo; Deputy Administrator for Community Development, Rural Business and Cooperative Development Services at the Department of Agriculture; Assistant Director of the Office of Special Actions at the HUD; executive director of the White House Community Empowerment Board; co-chair of the White House Task Force on Livable Communities; and senior advisor for Urban Policy and vice chair of the White House Community Empowerment Board.  M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from Jacksonville University.  Originally from Beaufort, SC.


Strategic Advisor  Scott Arceneaux

(announced Aug. 7, 2020)  President of Arceneaux Strategies, LLC from Apr. 2017.  Directed turnout efforts and consulted on message and strategy on Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ re-election campaign, 2019.  Chief strategist on Andrew Gillum for Governor, 2018.  Senior advisor on Hillary for America general election campaign in Florida.  Executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, July 2009-Apr. 2017.  General consultant for the DGA in Louisiana assisting the John Bel Edwards campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2015.  Founder, president of Arceneaux Consulting, Jan. 2008-June 2009.  Worked on Creigh Deeds' successful primary campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Virginia, 2009.  National political director on Sen. Chris Dodd's presidential campaign, 2007-Jan. 2008.  In the 2006 cycle Arceneaux served as campaign manager on Doug Duncan's bid for Maryland Governor (starting in May 2005 through June 2006), then took similar roles for Peter Franchot's campaign for Maryland Comptroller and Judy Feder's run for Congress in Virginia's 10th District (starting in Aug. 2006).  Campaign manager on Rep. Chris John's U.S. Senate bid in Louisiana in 2004.  Executive director of the Louisiana Democratic Party, 2001-04, where he directed efforts for Mary Landrieu's 2002 Senate re-election and Kathleen Blanco's 2003 gubernatorial campaign.  Litigation associate at Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittman and Hutchinson law firm, 1998-2001.  Judicial law clerk, Aug. 1997-Aug. 1998.  J.D. from Tulane Law School, 1995; bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University, 1992.  Louisiana native.  twitter


Political Director  Shahra Anderson Lambert

(reported July 22, 2020)  Federal affairs director at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services from Feb. 2019.  Regional director for Sen. Bill Nelson, Nov. 2004-Jan. 2019.  Legislative aide to Florida State Rep. Bruce Antone, Jan. 2001-May 2003.  Constituent advocate for Sen. Bob Graham, Aug. 1998-Jan. 2001.  M.A. from Florida State University, 2001; bachelor's degree from Mercer University, 1997.


Communications Director  Carlie Waibel

(reported July 22, 2020)  National press secretary on Amy for America, Feb. 2019-Mar. 2020.  Senior spokesperson on Andrew Gillum for Governor (FL).  Communications director on Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate, April-Sept. 2018.  Press secretary in the Office of Sen. Bill Nelson, Aug. 2017-March 2018.  Public affairs-New England for Uber Technologies, Jul. 2015-Aug. 2017.  Deputy communications director on Charlie Crist for Governor, July-Nov. 2014.  Government relations at Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Jan. 2013-July 2014.  Deputy communications director for the Minnesota DFL, July 2011-Feb. 2012.  Field organizer on Jim Meffert for Congress, June-Nov. 2010.  Undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas, 2011.  From Minnesota.  twitter


Press Secretary  Kevin Munoz

(Feb. 2019...previously Nevada press secretary (Oct. 2019-Feb. 2020) and started Sept. 2019 as Nevada deputy press secretary). Account executive (from July 2019) and account coordinator (from June 2018) at SS+K.  Bachelor's degree in political science, Latin American studies from Vanderbilt University 2018.  twitter



Coordinated Campaign

Coordinated Director  Brandon Thompson

(reported July 6, 2020)  Florida director of Organizing Together 2020.  Director of national campaigns (managing the Super Tuesday states program) on Kamala Harris for the People, May-Dec. 2019.  National field director at For Our Future, June 2016-May 2019.  Campaign manager on Raise the Wage Oregon, Feb. 2015-June 2016.  National training director at the DCCC, Feb.-Dec. 2014.  Deputy training director at Organizing for Action, Mar. 2013-Feb. 2014.  Regional field director in Tampa/St. Pete on Organizing for America-Florida, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Regional field coordinator at the National Association of Letter Carriers, July 2010-July 2012.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Jan.-Aug. 2010.  B.A. in politics from Williamette University, 2010.  Interned for the DNC in fall 2008; for the Oregon AFL-CIO in summer 2008; and field organizer on Obama for America, Mar.-May 2008.  twitter

Deputy Director  Gabriela Castillo

(reported July 22, 2020, start July 27)  A vice president at Mercury Florida from Mar. 2019, and most recently communications director for Organizing Together 2020 Florida.  Communications director for City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, Jan. 2018-Feb. 2019.  Senior associate at LSN Partners, LLC, Apr. 2015-Dec. 2017; and associate attorney at Llorente & Heckler, P.A., Apr. 2015-Dec. 2017.  J.D. from Florida International University School of Law, 2014; B.S. in communications from Florida International University, 2009.  Originally from Caracas, Venezuela.  twitter

Deputy Director  Stacy Eichner

(reported July 22, 2020, previously Florida primary state director and political chief of staff from June 2019)  Deputy political director/PAC director for UFCW, July 2017-June 2019.  Program manager for Foreign Policy's CultureSummit 2017, Feb.-Apr. 2017.  Florida surrogates director on Hillary for America, Apr.-Nov. 2016.  Director of special projects for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee, Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016.  Special assistant to the chair at the DNC, Mar. 2013-May 2015.  Deputy finance director on Robin Kelly for Congress, Dec. 2012-Mar. 2013.  Deputy finance director on Kathy Boockvar for Congress, Mar.-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in political science and government from University of Florida.

Deputy Political Director  Cedric McMinn

(reported July 22, 2020)  Chief of staff at Miami-Dade County Public Schools from Nov. 2014.  Outreach director on Charlie Crist for Gvernor, May-Nov. 2014.  Districts assistant to State Rep. Cynthia A. Stafford (D-109), Dec. 2013-May 2014.  Vice president of strategic partnerships for the Miami Children's Initiative, Mar.-Dec. 2013.  Executive director of Miami-Dade Democratic Party, Oct. 2011-Dec. 2012.  Government relations specialist at Becker & Poliakoff, 2006-Sept. 2011.  Legislative assistant to State Rep. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, Nov. 2004-Aug. 2006.  Coordinator of campus life at Florida International University, 2001-03.  B.A. in liberal studies from Florida International University, 2001.  twitter

Coalitions Director  Javier Cuebas

(announced Aug. 7, 2020; start week of Aug. 10)  Managing partner at Amelia Consulting Group from Apr. 2020.  Director for advocacy for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service from 2017.  Executive director of Vamos4PR, Aug. 2019-Apr. 2020.  Director of advocacy at the American Foreign Service Association, Oct. 2012-May 2016.  Managing partner at Amelia Consulting Group, Sept. 2007-Oct. 2012.  Senior associate/director of development at Association Management Bureau, 2005-07.  Worked on the Kerry campaign.  Interim deputy executive director for the National Latino Council for Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention, 2002-03.  Associate director regional offices at the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, 2001-02.  Worked on the Gore campaign.  Special events coordinator at LULAC, 1999-2001.  Legislative correspondend to U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, 1998-99.  Staff assistant to U.S. Rep. Barbara Kennelly, 1996-98.  Master of global studies from University of Denver, 2004; B.A. in political science from Universidad de Puerto Rico.

Organizing Director  Rachel Niemerski

(announced Aug. 7, 2020)  Biden for President NE organizing director, Georgia organizing director, California organizing director (Feb.-Mar. 2020), and started as deputy organizing director on the Iowa caucus campaign (May 2019-Feb. 2020).  Organizing director on Andrew Cuomo 2018, June-Nov. 2018.  NYC organizing director for the New York State Democratic Party, Feb.-June 2018.  Field director on Sheehan for Mayor (Albany, NY), May-Nov. 2017.  Regional organizing director for the Ohio Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2016.  Regional organizing director in Boise, ID (Feb.-Apr. 2016) and field organizer in Iowa (July 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Operations manager (2014-June 2015) and policy associate and executive assistant (Feb. 2013-Aug. 2014) for Environmental Working Group.  B.S., program in the environment from University of Michigan, 2012.  twitter

Organizing Program Director  Christina Ho

(announced Aug. 7, 2020)  Nevada organizing director on Kamala Harris for the People.  Deputy Western political and organizing director and states program manager (from June 2018) and organizing manager (May 2017-May 2018) at the DNC.  Regional political director on Tom Perez for DNC Chair, Jan.-Feb. 2017.  REgional organizing director (July-Nov. 2016) and field organizer (April-June 2016) for the Colorado Democratic Party.  Field organizer in Chicago (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and Las Vegas (Dec. 2015-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America,  B.A. in creative writing from Scripps College, 2015.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Luisana Pérez Fernández

(reported July 22, 2020)  Deputy communications director and Hispanic media director (from Dec. 2019) and Hispanic communications director (Jan.-Dec. 2019) at the Florida Democratic Party.  Political commentator from Jan. 2019.  Hispanic communications director and spokesperson on Bill Nelson for U.S. Senate, June-Nov. 2018.  District director to Florida state Sen. José Javier Rodríguez (D-37), Nov. 2016-May 2018.   Office manager at Del Rosario Distribution, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2015.  Event and communication planner for the Florida Foreign Trade Association, June-Nov. 2013.  Professor, introduction to Spanish language at Universitas Atma Jaya in Indonesia, Jan. 2010-Jan. 2011.  B.A. in international studies from Universidad Central de Venezuela.  twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Amir Avin

(announced Aug. 7, 2020)  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Jennifer Wexton (VA) from Feb. 2019.  Regional press secretary on Andrew gillum for Goovernor, Sept.-Nov. 2018.  Organizing director for the Florida Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign, May-Sept. 2018.  Campaign manager on Matt Haggman for Congress (FL-27), Nov. 2017-Mmay 2018.  Deputy communications director at the Florida Democratic Party, May-Nov. 20017.  Senior project manager at Ballard Partners, Feb.-May 2017.  Deputy campaign manager at Joe Garcia for Congress, May-Nov. 2016.  Campaign manager on Lauren Poe for Mayor (Gainesville), Nov. 2015-Mar. 2016.  Campaign manager on Jay Curtis for City Commission (Gainesville), Dec. 2014-Apr. 2015.  Bachelor's degree in finance from University of Florida.  twitter

Press Secretary  Jackie McGuinness

(announced Aug. 7, 2020)  Communications director to U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL) from Jan. 2019.  Press secretary (Apr. 2018-Jan. 2019), deputy press secretary (Aug. 2017-Apr 2018) and press assistant (July 2016-July 2017) to U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson.  B.A. in political science from Middlebury College, 2016.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary for Hispanic Media  Karla Alvarado

(announced Aug. 7, 2020)  Hispanic press associate at the Florida Democratic Party from May 2020.  Partnerships coordinator ((June 2019-May 2020) and special assistant to the executive director (June-Dec. 2019 at Forward Florida Action.  B.A. in history annd listrature from Harvard University, 2019.  twitter

Deputy Press Secretary for African American and Caribbean Media  Freedom Murphy

(announced Aug. 7, 2020)  Communications associate at the Center for American Progress war room from June 2018.  Media analyst at Media Matters for America, June 2017-June 2018.  Global marketing at APCO Worldwide, Jan.-May 2017.  Public relations coordinator at The Washington Post, Mar.-Sept. 2016.  B.A. in administration of justice/public relations from Howard University, 2015.  twitter

Chief of Staff  Faith Lowe

(reported July 22, 2020)  Managed operations for Amendment Four, the Voter Restoration initiative, 2018.  J.D. from the Florida A&M University College of Law (FAMU) and bachelor’s degree in political science from FAMU.  Orlando native.


Florida Democratic Party    

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Chairwoman  Terrie Rizzo 

(elected Dec. 9, 2017)  Chairwoman of the Palm Beach County Democrats from 2012.  Started in politics as a volunteer on John Kerry's 2004 campaign. Forty year career in health and fitness.  twitter

Executive Director  Juan Peñalosa

(Mar. 2018)  Senior vice president at Mercury in Florida, Mar. 2015-Feb. 2018.  Partner at 332 Collective, Dec. 212-Feb. 2015.  Regional field director in Broward Co. on Obama for America, Jan.-Nov. 2012.  Senior managing consultant, Global Healthcare and Social Service Center at IBM, Aug. 2005-Jan. 2012.  eGovernment analyst, state and local government at Tie Technologies, Jan. 2003-Aug. 2005.  Analyst at Arthur D. Little Consulting Group, May 2000-Mar. 2002.  Project geophysicist at Wester Geophysical/Schlumberger, June 1998-Mar. 2000.  B.S. in geology from Boston College, 1998.  First generation Colombian American.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Christina Diamond

Communications Team
Communications Director  Joy Howell
Deputy Communications Director  Luisana Pérez Fernández  ...to Coordinated Campaign
Creative Director  Ali Akın Kurnaz
Director of Rapid Response  Frances Swanson

Political Team
Political Director  Lauren Calmet
Coalitions Director  Clifton Addison
Deputy Political Director  Miles Davis

Finance Team
Finance Director  Devon Murphy-Anderson
Deputy Finance Director, North Florida  Brendan Bargmann

Party Affairs Team
Director of Party Affairs  Rachel Berger
Deputy Director of Party Affairs  Wendy Williams

Data & Technology Team
Chief Technology Officer  Dale Gibler
Deputy Executive Director, Data and Security  Will Zigler
Deputy Director of Analytics  Catherine Thériault

Engagement Team
Statewide Engagement and Outreach Director  Chris Hill
Digital Director  Chelsea Daley
Voter Protection Director  Brandon Peters, Esq.
Municipal Victory Director  Lisa Peth
Community Engagement Directors
Region 1  Sam Dorr
Region 2  Elia Coffee
Region 3  Harrison Angelis
Region 4  Alex Berrios
Region 5  Abigayil Yisrael
Region 6  Keith Hardy
Region 7  Brittney Geathers
Region 8  Jami Hudson

Operations Team
Operations Coordinator  Stephanie Lindor

Compliance Team
Chief Financial Officer  Anne Morgan
Compliance Specialist  Nicole Torres Ray


Also see:
Bianca Padró Ocasio.  "Biden's campaign is 'suppressing the Hispanic vote' in Florida, an internal letter claims."  Miami Herald, July 25, 2020.



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