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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
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
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.
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
Mobilization Director Nicholas Meier
(Aug. 2020) Campaign manager on Eddie
for Texas, state Senate special election, Mar.-July
2020. Campaign manager on Eliza Cardnell for Congress
(Houston), May 2019-Mar. 2020. Distributed organizing
director on Elissa Slotkin for Congress, Aug.-Nov.
2018. Field director on Abdul El-Sayed for Governor,
Apr. 2017-Aug. 2018. Special projects coordinator on
Recount Michigan 2016, Nov.-Dec. 2016. Deputy field
organizer on Gretchen Driskel for Congress (Ann Arbor),
June-Nov. 2016. B.A. in political science and
government from University of Michigan, 2018.
Iowa Democratic Party
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
(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.