Biden General Election Campaign Organization, Pennsylvania
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State Director  Brendan McPhillips

(reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer on July 7, 2020)  Iowa state director on Pete for America, May 2019-Feb. 2020.  Campaign manager on Andrew Gillum for Governor (FL), Nov. 28, 2017-Aug. 2018.  Senior advisor on Joe Khan for District Attorney (Philadelphia), Jan.-May 2017.  Political director on Pete for DNC, Feb. 2017.  Pennsylvania political director on Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016.  Campaign manager on John Fetterman's 2016 primary campaign for U.S. Senate, Oct. 2015-April 2016.  Campaign manager on Helen Gym’s successful campaign for Philadelphia City Council, Feb.-Nov. 2015.  Campaign manager on Kevin Strouse’s 2014 congressional race in PA-8 in Bucks County, Jan.-Nov. 2014.  Pennsylvania organizing director for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, March 2013-Jan. 2014.  Regional field director in Bucks County on the Obama campaign, March-Nov. 2012.  Regional field director/assistant community manager for Draftfcb, March-Oct. 2011.  Special projects director on Hoosiers for Hill, June-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in political science, peace studies from University of Notre Dame, 2010; transferred from San Jacinto College.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Sinceré Harris

(reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer on July 7, 2020)  Executive director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, announced Oct. 26, 2015 to July 2020.  Staffer in the Office of Legislative Affairs to Gov. Wolf.  Deputy director of the Wolf Inaugural Committee.  An early staffer on Tom Wolf's 2014 campaign for Governor; started as SE political director and then deputy statewide political director.  Worked for the non-profit Second Chance Foundation, and on Obama re-election campaign in 2012.  B.A. from Temple University; raised in Philadelphia and is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls.  twitter

Deputy State Director  Nikkilia Lu

(announced Aug. 3, 2020)  Pennsylvania director for the State Innovation Exchange, Jan. 2018-July 2020.  Western PA political director for 32BJ SEIU, Jan. 2014-Jan. 2018.  Campaign manager on Deb Gross for Pittsburgh City Council District 7 special election, Aug.-Nov. 2013.  Field director on Dan Gilman for Pittsburgh City Council District 8 primary, Feb.-May 2013.  Policy analyst at Duane Morris government strategies, Sept.-Dec. 2012.  Master of public and international affairs from University of Pittsburgh, 2013; B.A. in political science from Washington and Jefferson College, 2011.

Political Director  Larry Hailsham Jr.

(announced July 23, 2020)  Government affairs manager (from May 2020) and government affairs associate (Nov. 2018-May 2020) for the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce.  Western political coordinator on Bob Casey for Senate, May-Nov. 2018.  Outreach specialist for ALCOSAN, Oct. 2017-May 2018.  Special assistant to Sen. Bob Casey, Aug. 2016-Oct. 2017.  Advancement coordinator for Student U in Durham, NC< Sept. 2015-June 2016.  B.A. in political science and government from Allegheny College, 2015; president of Allegheny Student Government, Jan. 2014-May 2015.  twitter

Coalitions Director  Keyva Clark

(announced Aug. 3, 2020)  Chief of staff to PA Rep. Jake Wheatley from Nov. 2019.  Communication analyst at Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Dec. 2017-Nov. 2019.  Campaign manager on People for Peduto (Mayor of Pittsburgh re-election), Feb.-Nov. 2017.  Communication coordinator for E. Holdings, Inc., Dec. 2016-Feb. 2017.  Master's in public management from Carnegie Mellon University; B.A. in political science from UC Riverside, 2015.  twitter

Deputy Coalitions Director for Latino Engagement  Manuel (Manny) Guzman Jr.

(announced Aug. 3, 2020)  Guzman is the Democratic nominee in PA HD-127 (Reading/Berks Co.) open seat.  Coalition coordinator for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party from July 2018.  Candidate for Reading City Council in 2017 but withdrew.  At-large member for the Reading School District.  Studied professional, technical, business and scientific writing at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  twitter

Communications Director  Michael Feldman

(announced July 23, 2020)  Deputy communications director (Dec. 2019-July 2020) and press secretary (Mar.-Dec. 2019) at Protect Our Care.  State party spokesman on Donnelly for Indiana, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Strategic communications associate at Bully Pulpit Interactive, Mar.-Dec. 2017.  Communications associate in Philadelphia on Hillary for America, July-Nov. 2020.  Deputy press secretary (June 2015-May 2016) and press assistant (June 2014-May 2015) at  B.A. in political science and government from The George Washington University, 2014.   twitter

Deputy Communications Director  Emma Riley

(Aug. 2020; previously a regional communications director (Mar.-Aug. 2020), Northeast regional Super Tuesday communications director (Feb.-Mar. 2020) and New Hampshire press secretary (Apr. 2019-Feb. 2020)  Communications director on McCaskill for Missouri, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Communications director for the Missouri Democratic Party, ,JUly-Dec. 2017.  Press secretary to U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, Jan.-July 2017; press secretary on Maggie for NH, Jan.-Nov. 2016.  Senior associate (June 2014-Dec. 2015) and associate (Apr. 2013-May 2014) at Global Strategy Group.  Associate account executive at Kwittken & Company, Jan.-Mar. 2013.  B.A. in history, leadership studies and international studies from Williams College, 2012.  twitter

Western PA Regional Press Secretary  Ike Hajinazarian

(Mar. 2020...previously Ohio press secretary (Mar. 2020), Texas press secretary (Feb.-Mar. 2020), Nevada press assistant (Feb. 2020) and New Hampshire press assistant (July 2019-Feb. 2020))  Deputy press secretary to House Committee on Homeland Security/Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, Jan.-July 2019.  Press assistant (Apr.-Dec. 2018) and press intern/fellow/digital assistant (Sept. 2017-Apr. 2018) to U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly.  Master's in political management from The George Washington University, 2018; B.A. in journalism from Indiana University Bloomington, 2016.  twitter

Back To Blue PA (Coordinated Campaign)



Senior Advisor  Chelsie Ouellette

(July 2020)  Partner (from Feb. 2018) and campaign director (Feb. 2017-Feb. 2018) at Field First.  Pennsylvania campaign director on Organizing Together 2020, Apr.-July 2020.  National organizing director on Deval for All, Nov. 2019-Feb. 2020.  Pennsylvania organizing director on Pennsylvania Democratic Party/Hillary for America, May-Nov. 2016; during the primaries served as organizing director for Clinton’s Missouri and Pennsylvania campaigns after serving as a deputy organizing director in New Hampshire; started as Nashua/Salem regional director.  Field director on Ed Markey for U.S. Senate, Feb.-Dec. 2014.  Consultant on Raise Up Massachusetts.  Field director on Peter Koutoujian for Congress, July-Oct. 2013.  Regional field director on Ed Markey for U.S. Senate, Feb.-July 2013. Deputy press secretary and speechwriter to Gov. Patrick, May 2012-Feb. 2013.  Field organizer in MA-3 for the Obama campaign, Sept.-Nov. 2012.  Speechwriter and communications aide to Gov. Patrick, Aug. 2011-May 2012.  Account coordinator at the Sherman Group Public Relations Agency, May 2008-April 2011.  Scheduling and operations coordinator on the Deval Patrick campaign, June-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in organizational communication from Northeastern University, 2011.  twitter

Deputy Political Director  Amy Dorra

(announced July 23, 2020)  Senior advisor on Mike Broihier for Senate (KY), Feb.-Mar. 2020.  Political director for early states on Yang 2020 campaign, Dec. 2019-Feb. 2020.  Political director on Conor Lamb for Congress, Jan.-Nov. 2018.  Field and operations team on Doug Jones for Senate (AL), Nov.-Dec. 2017.  Campaign manager on Kaye Kory for Delegate (VA), Sept.-Nov. 2017.  Head of retail community for ModCloth, Mar. 2016-Feb. 2017.  Director of community relations (Mar. 2013-Sept. 2015), director of relationship marketing (Apr. 2011-Mar. 2013), senior community relations manager (Sept. 2010-Apr. 2011) and senior communications manager (July 2005-Sept. 2010) and store manager (July 2003-July 2005) at Anthropologie.  Previously at J.Crew, 1994-2002 and Banana Republic, 1992-96.  B.A. in history from Brown University, 1991.

Digital Organizing Director  Nandi O'Connor

(announced July 23, 2020)  Pennsylvania digital director for Organizing Together 2020.  Pennsylvania content producer for Priorities USA.  twitter

Deputy Digital Organizing Director for Online Communities  Becca Brubaker

(ea. Aug. 2020)  Digital associate at Organizing Together 2020, Apr.-June 2020.  Digital organizer in Las Vegas on Warren for President, Jan.-Mar. 2020.  Advance associate, field organizer in Iowa on Kamala Harris For The People, May-Dec. 2019.  Digital associate at Masterpiece Advertising, May 2017-Sept. 2019.  Corps member at City Year Los Angeles, July 2018-June 2019.  Executive producer on To All The Little Girls, Oct. 2017-Sept. 2018.  Communications fellow on Setti Warren for governor (MA), Sept.-Dec. 2017.  B.S. in marketing communications from Emerson College, 2018.  twitter

Deputy Field Directors including
Tom Sullivan  twitter

Regional Organizing Directors including
Ethan Seletsky, Alison Jones, Ben May

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Chairwoman  Nancy Patton Mills 

(elected mid-June 2018)  Managing partner at Roselea Farm, an events destination/B&B in Moon, Allegheny Co, from Jan. 2002.  Chair of the Allegheny Co. Democratic Committee from Jan. 2012.  Ph.D. in rhetoric and communication from Duquesne University, 2006.  Bachelor's degree in communication and media studies from Chatham College, 1989.  twitter

Executive Director  Jason Henry

(July 2020, succeeding Sinceré Harris)  Delegate director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Apr.-Aug. 2019.  Deputy campaign manager on Bob Casey for Senate, Dec. 2017-Nov. 2018.  Campaign manager on Lisa Mandelblatt for Congress (NJ), Jun.-Dec. 2017.  Campaign manager on Bob Merski for Mayor (Erie), Jan.-May 2017.  Campaign manager on John Plumb for Congress (NY), May-Nov. 2016.  Western PA director on Katie McGinty for Senate, Jan.-May 2016.  Campaign manager on Judge Dwayne Woodruff for Justice (PA Supreme Court), Feb.-May 2015.  Deputy campaign manager on Martha Robertson for Congress (NY), Mar.-Nov. 2014.  Political consultant at West Media Group, Inc., July-Nov. 2011.  Political director on Friends of Chelsa Wagner (for Allegheny Co. Controller), Jan.-July 2011.  Finance director on Dan Connolly for Congress (Pittsburgh area), July-Nov. 2010.  B.A. in social science from University of Pittsburgh, 2011.  twitter

Senior Advisor  Mitch Kates

(Aug. 2020)  Pennsylvania political director on Mike Bloomberg 2020, Jan.-Mar. 2020.  Co-founder of Think Big Campaigns, Feb. 2018-Jan. 2020.  Political director for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, Dec. 2015-Feb. 2018.  Political consultant at Think Big PC, Inc. Dec. 2004-15.  Director of business development at TMD Holdings, LLC, Nov. 2013-Feb. 2014.  President of Chrome Bones, 2013-Feb. 2014.  State convention coordinator for the Florida Democratic Party, 2007.  Director at 3e Trading, Dec. 2002-Aug. 2004.  President and co-founder of, 1999-2000.  Principal and founder at Union Street Associates, 1992-99.  B.A. in history/sociology from Western New England College, 1986  twitter

Deputy Executive Director  Corey Pellington

(from Dec. 2015; COO from Apr. 2018)  Agency engagement advisor in the Governor's Office of Administration, Feb.-Dec. 2015.  Deputy field director (June-Nov. 2014) and regional field director (Jan.-June 2014) on Tom Wolf for Governor.  Field organizer on Jennifer Wexton for State Senate (VA), Nov. 2013-Jan. 2014.  Field organizer on Jonathan McGrady for Delegate (VA), Sept.-Nov. 2013.  Field organizer on NJ state legislative races, July-Sept. 2013.  Research and special events coordinator on Larry Maggi for Congress (PA), Aug.-Nov. 2012.  M.S. in healthcare administration (2012) and B.A. in political science (2011) from Kings College.

Outreach Director  Tracy Hardy

Rural Regional Organizer  Zach Farmer

Communications Director  Brendan Welch  twitter

Digital Director  Richard Robinson

Finance Director  Catherine McParland

Voter Protection Director  Kay Yu

Deputy Operations Director  James Latta

Office Manager  Peggy Lucas