Biden General Election Campaign Organization, Iowa
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(page updated September 23, 2020)
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State Director  Lauren Dillon

(reported by AP's Tom Beaumont on July 10, 2020)  Iowa state director on Amy for America, Feb. 2019-Feb. 2020, then states director to Mar. 2020.  Deputy director at the DSCC, May-Dec. 2018.  Research director at the DNC for five years after serving as deputy research director; senior research associate, 2011-12; and starting at the DNC as a research associate in 2009.  Correspondence and judicial appointments coordinator in the Office of Gov. Culver and Lt. Gov. Judge, 2006-09.  English teacher at Hebei Normal University 2005-06.  B.A. degrees in politics and psychology from Drake University, 2005.  Originally from Brooklyn, Iowa.  twitter


Senior Advisor  Jackie Norris

(reported by AP's Tom Beaumont on July 10, 2020)  President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa, Sept. 2016-June 2020.  Lecturer at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, Dec. 2014-June 2016.  Executive director and consultant to Points of Light, 2010-15.  Senior advisor to the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, 2009-10.  Chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and Assistant to the President to June 2009.  Iowa state director on Obama for America in the 2008 general election campaign after serving as senior advisor on Obama's Iowa Caucus campaign from Mar. 2007.  Teacher at Johnston High School in Johnston, and previously a government and history teacher at Ames High School.  Before marrying John Norris, Jackie Dycke served as political director on Vice President Al Gore’s 1999-2000 Iowa caucus campaign.  Finance director on Tom Vilsack's 1998 campaign for governor.  Director of scheduling/advance to HUD Secretary andrew Cuomo, 1997-98.  Scheduler and event coordinator to Vice President Al Gore at the White House, 1995-97.  Staff assistant and scheduler to U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter (NY), 1992-95.  M.A. in political science from Iowa State University, 2002; B.A. in political science from SUNY at Geneseo, 1992.  twitter


Deputy State Director  Christina Freundlich

(reported by the Des Moines Register on Aug. 6, 2020)  Deputy early states director on Amy for America.  Communications director on Cordray for Governor (OH), July-Nov. 2018.  Deputy communications director on Ralph Northam for Governor (VA), June-Nov. 2017.  Communications director for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Feb.-June 2017.  Iowa GOTV communications director (Aug.-Nov. 2016) and Minnesota communications director (June-Aug. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Southern regional press secretary at the DNC, July 2015-June 2016.  Communications director for the Iowa Democratic Party, July 2013-Feb. 2015.  Georgia state director for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, March-June 2013.  North Carolina deputy press secretary on Obama for America, April-Nov. 2012.  Press fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Jan.-Aug. 2010.  Public engagement at the White House Council on Environment, March-Dec. 2009.  Field organizer on Obama's Campaign for Change in Florida, Aug.-Nov. 2008.  B.A. in political communication from The George Washington University.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Lanon Baccam

(announced July 24, 2020)  During the Obama administration served as Deputy Under Secretary, Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services and Military Veterans Agricultural Liaison (from Oct. 2015), director of scheduling and advance in the Office of the Secretary, special assistant in the Foreign Agricultural Service, and as executive assistant to the Secretary.  U.S. Army and Iowa National Guard veteran, served for eight years including in Afghanistan, 2004-05.  Graduate of Drake University.  Mount Pleasant native.  Son of refugees from Laos.  twitter

Strategic Advisor  Jesse Harris

(announced July 24, 2020)  Senior advisor on Biden's Iowa caucus campaign.  Partner (from June 2017) and vice president (from Nov. 2010) at LS2group.  Iowa state director on SEIU Change That Works, 2009-Dec. 2010.  Coordinated campaign director for the Iowa Democratic Party, Feb. 2008-Jan. 2009.  Political director on Citizens for Tom Harkin, Apr. 2007-Feb. 2008.  Iowa field director on Tom Vilsack for President.   In the 2006 cycle Harris served as field director on the Chet Culver for Governor campaign, then as field director on the coordinated campaign.  In the 2004 cycle Harris served as Warren County field organizer on John Edwards for President during the Iowa caucus campaign, then as Linn County regional field director on the coordinated campaign.  Double major in history and political science from Simpson College, May 2003.

Strategic Advisor  State Rep. Ras Smith

(announced July 24, 2020)  Director of coalition building on Biden's Iowa caucus campaign.  Elected to represent House District 62 (parts of Waterloo) in Nov. 2016.  Iowa consultant for community engagement and resource development for Communities In Schools of Mid-America from Jan. 2019.  Site coordinator, George Washington Carver Academy for Communities In Schools, Jan. 2016-Jan. 2019.  Shift leader at Four Oaks, May 2015-Jan. 2016.  M.A. in leisure, youth and human services (2015) and B.A. in exercise science and movement from University of Northern Iowa.   twitter


Political Director  Daniel Wasta

(reported by the Des Moines Register on Aug. 6, 2020)  Iowa political director on Warren for President, Feb. 2019-Feb. 2020.   Experience includes legislative liaison in Iowa Treasurer Mike Fitzgerald's office . Managed a school bond campaign in Iowa City to fund improvements to the Iowa City Community School District. Campaign manager on Jim Lykam for State Senate, District 45 Dec. 2016 special election.  Degree in political science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 2014.  Iowa native.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Ellen Goodman Miller

(announced July 24, 2020)  Experience includes community and resource development specialist from Dubuque.


Coalitions Director  Oliver Hidalgo-Wohlleben

(reported by the Des Moines Register on Aug. 6, 2020)  Iowa political director (Sept. 2019-Feb. 2020) and director of Latinx outreach (June-Sept. 2019) on Bernia 2020.  Professor at Kirkwood Community College.  Fellow with Amnesty International USA, Apr..-Sept. 2016.  Deputy political director on Patel for Iowa, Feb.-July 2015.  B.A. in economics, Spanish from University of Iowa, 2016.  Fellow in Iowa City on Obama for America, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  twitter

Deputy Coalitions Director  Sami Scheetz

(Aug. 26 tweet)  Wisconsin political director and earlier Iowa constituency outreach director on Bernie 2020.  Joined LS2group in May 2019.  Worked on Fred Hubbel's campaign for Governor.  Degree in government and history from Georgetown University.  Cedar Rapids native.  twitter

Coalitions Advisor  Tim Gannon

Democratic nominee for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture in 2018.  Farms with his dad and cousin on the family's Century Farm in Jasper County.  Grew up in Mingo.  twitter


Digital Organizing Director  Alli Peters

(reported by the Des Moines Register on Aug. 6, 2020)  Digital director to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, May-Aug. 2020.  Deputy national digital director (Dec. 2019-Mar. 2020) and Iowa digital (Apr.-Dec. 2019) on Amy for America.  Photographer and designer at Alli Peters LLC in Minneapolis-St. Paul from Sept. 2016; did photography on Erin Murphy for Governor and Dean Phillips for Congress campaigns in Minnesota, 2018.  Project coordinator (Oct.-Dec. 2016), graphic production coordinator (June-Dec. 2016) and editorial intern (Jan.-May 2016) at Tiger Oak Media in Minneapolis-St. Paul.  B.S. in business and marketing education and B.A. in political science and government from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2016.  twitter

Press Secretary  Charlie Andrews

From Rhode Island.  twitter

Deputy Operations Director  Josh Lucas

Has worked for Sen. Amy Klobuchar and the Minnesota DFL and studied at the University of Wisconsin.  twitter



Coordinated Campaign

Director  Sarah Sterner

Organizing director on Cory 2020 Iowa caucus campaign, Feb. 2019-Jan. 2020.  Statewide organizing director for the Ohio Democratic Party’s 2018 coordinated campaign, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Deputy organizing director for the Ohio Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2016.  Organizer for Hillary for America in Ames, Iowa, Apr. 2015-Feb. 2016.  Field energy specialist for Solar City in Bethesda, MD, Feb.-April 2015.  Regional field director for the Iowa Democratic Party in Davenport, April-Nov. 2014.  Spring trainer in New Hampshire for Organizing for Action, Jan.-Apr. 2014.  Deputy regional field director on the Virginia Coordinated Campaign, Feb.-Nov. 2013.  Volunteer organizer for Bend the Arc, Nov. 2012-Jan. 2013.  Field organizer on Organizing for America, June-Nov. 2012.  B.A. in international studies from Miami University, 2012.  twitter

Organizing Director  Chelsea Carrier

Deputy organizing director on Warren for President Iowa caucus campaign, Feb. 2019-Feb. 2020.  In the 2018 cycle worked for Arizona Democrats and on the Fred Hubbell for Governor campaign.  Regional organizing director for the Iowa Democratic Party, April-Nov. 2016.  Organizer for Hillary for America, starting in Davenport, IA (Aug. 2015-Feb. 2016) then KS and WY to April 2016.  B.A. in political science and government from Mount Holyoke College, 2015.  Other experience includes national constituency engagement fellow for Enroll America, June-Aug. 2013, and field organizer and summer organizing fellow in Orlando on Obama for America, May-Nov. 2012.  twitter

Voter Protection Director  Kate Magill

Deputy organizing director for the Iowa Democratic Party, May-Nov. 2016; organizing director in Arizona (Mar.-Apr. 2016), deputy organizing director in Denver (Feb.-Mar. 2016) and field organizer in Carroll 9Apr. 215-Feb. 2016) on Hillary for America.  Regional field director for the Kentucky Democratic Party, Apr.-Nov. 2014.  Field organizer for the Democratic Party of Virginia, Apr.-Nov. 2013.  Field organizer for the NHDP, Aug.-Nov. 2012.  J.D. from University of Florida, 2020; bachelor's degree in political science and business administration from University of Florida, 2012.  twitter



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Chairman  Rep. Mark Smith

(elected Feb. 15, 2020)  Member of the Iowa House representing District 71 (Marshall Co.), first elected in Nov. 2000 and retiring at the end of this term (announced Sept. 22, 2019).  Licensed independent social worker; serves as a consultant at the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa in Marshalltown.  M.S.W. from University of Iowa; B.S. from Graceland College.  Grew up in Osceola.  twitter

Executive Director  Michael Frosolone

(June 2020)  Iowa state director on Cory 2020, Jan. 2019-Jan. 2020.  Caucus director for Iowa House Democrats, June 2015-Dec. 2018.  Field director on Appel for Iowa, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Organizer for Michigan House Democrats, Jun. 2011-May 2012.  Iowa House Democrats campaign manager for Dan Muhlbauer, April-Nov. 2010.  Organizer for SEIU in Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 2008-Feb. 2010.  B.A. in communications, political science from Western Michigan University, 2008.  twitter

Press Secretary  Samantha Kennedy

(July 2020)  Regional delegate director (Feb.-Mar. 2020) and press assistant (Dec. 2019-Feb. 2020) at Pete for America.  Digital strategist at GPS Impact, June-Dec. 2019.  B.A. from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at University of Michigan, 2019.


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